Wednesday, February 22, 2012

POP at HKU has decided to go ahead with its online civil referendum

The Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Chung, has initiated a plan to conduct an online poll open to all permanent residents of Hong Kong over the age of 18 on March 23rd to ascertain public opinion about who ought to become the Special Administrative Region’s next Chief Executive. The “real” election for that office will involve an Electoral Committee of 1,200 voters (out of a population of 7 million).

On February 8th, POP announced a fund-raising campaign in support of this online poll, saying that it needed at least 500,000 Hong Kong dollars (HKD) in order to carry it out.

Today POP said that it had already raised HKD 480,000, had another HKD 90,000 in pledges, and that it “has decided to go ahead” with this polling project, which will let hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people express their preferences regarding who should become Chief Executive of the jurisdiction.

In order to explain the latest developments of the project, POP will hold a press conference tomorrow at 3:30 pm at 5/F, Kennedy Town Centre, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, at 3:30 pm. Appearing at that event will be Dr. Chung, Director of POP, and Mr. Jazz Ma, IT Manager of POP.

The agenda for the press conference includes: “progress of fund-raising and the latest ideas,” “basic concept of the ‘3-21 Mock Civil Referendum’ Project,” and a question and answer period.

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