News / Asia

Hong Kong Holds Poll on Reforms

People vote at a polling center for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong Sunday, June 22, 2014.
People vote at a polling center for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong Sunday, June 22, 2014.
VOA News
Polling stations across Hong Kong opened Sunday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in the former British colony, a move that has angered Beijing.

Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of online and telephone voting that began on Friday. Chinese Communist Party authorities have declared the referendum illegal and without effect, as has the government of Hong Kong.

The Occupy Central movement, which organized the balloting, opened actual voting stations on Sunday, after a massive cyber attack on their voting website last week.  The voting period was also extended until June 29.

The referendum proposes three options for citizens to choose who can run for the chief executive office of Hong Kong.  Currently, candidates are chosen by a pro-Beijing committee.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger

Group warns region is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with at least 200,000 children under age of five acutely malnourished as drought hits southern, central part of nation More

Human Rights Groups Allege Supression of Freedoms in Thailand

Thailand’s military, police have suppressed release of independent report assessing human rights in kingdom during first 100 days of latest coup More

Jennifer Lawrence Contacts FBI After Nude Photos Hacked

'Silver Linings Playbook' actress' photos were posted on image-sharing forum 4chan; Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into matter More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 22, 2014 7:23 PM
Hongkong is part of China, thus the CEO candidates must be nominated by the general congress of China! And the final elected CEO must be authorized by the congress!
It's the basic law of HK!
Online voting is a joke. Should America vote their president on line too?
HK has 7 million ppl, even 600k voted online, the number is less than 10% of the population, let alone how many are repeated votes, cheated votes. Sounds to me, majority HKers are supporting the basic law! That's great!

In Response

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 24, 2014 12:09 AM
@andrew, again, you are wrong. Canada has to be China's friend to survive. Canada needs China more than China does. The oil pipe goes through America is failed, and now they have to build the north gate oil pipe line to the west coast. What do you think this pipe line is for? Yes, to send oil to CHINA! Canada is lagging behind on renovation, Canada's economy depends fully on oil now, since America is producing more oil than it needs, Canadian oil has no where to go now. Harper is dum b but not as stupid as you are. He made the right decision, sell Nexen to China and build the north gate to sell more oil to China!
So who is naive here. I say you are!
And again, I am here for quite life, better salary. I don't give a dime to democracy. No Chinese would move to India to only enjoy the democracy, would they? And if I have to pick one between democratic India and dictatorship Saudi Arab, I wouldn't hesitate one second to pick the dictatorship but rich one. You are the one live in the fantasy world, I am on the other hand very realistic!

In Response

by: Andrew from: Canada
June 23, 2014 3:02 PM
Canada and China are not allies and certainly not friends. Few people put stock into what Stephen Harper has to say inside or outside Canada. And I hardly believe he is given to the notion himself. Stop being so naive. If you believe the regime in Beijing is worthy of your support then good on you. I personally see no need for it given that they aren't soliciting yours or anyone's support (only your compliance or hushed noncompliance). Democracy is an all or nothing thing. You can't live in this country and enjoy what we have without believing that it applies to all groups and all situations equally without reservation. Actually... check that. You can. But you're a hypocrite living in a fantasy world if you do.

In Response

by: jonathan huang from: canada
June 23, 2014 10:13 AM
@Andrew, you are such a narrow minded ignorant! Canada is a free country, I have my freedom to support China, havent I? China and Canada are friends, at least that what Canadian PM Harper said. so why I should not support China? Canada is a nice country, I enjoy my life here. But China is not Canada, Canadian path does not necessarily fit China's situation. I believe CCP is the best option for China! but Canada is the best option for me! do you understand? open your eyes, don't be brainwashed!

In Response

by: Andrew from: Canada
June 22, 2014 10:36 PM
Comments like this demonstrate why we need to be careful about allowing pro-Beijing people into this country. If you have no want for democracy and all that flows from it in your country of origin (good Government, rule of law and prosperity) then why would you want and/or promote it when you come to Canada?


by: Van from: Canada
June 22, 2014 5:24 PM
As a British colony for the past 100 years, people in Hongkong have never had democracy. Why UK did't allow Hongkong to realize democracy and used dictatorship to suppress Hongkong people for the past 100 years?

Hongkong people fear to protest UK under UK governance before because UK police has guns. Shame on these Hongkong people. If they have fighted with UK for democracy from 1900-1997, they would be enjoying democracy right now without any interruptions.

Why only fight with China instead of UK? UK didn't provide Hongkang democracy at all. This makes China look feeble, weak like a coward. When Japanese invaded Hongkong during WWII, no Hongkong people have fighted with these Japanese Fascists because Hongkongese knew these Japanese Fascists would kill them if they interruptted ruling of Japan over Hongkong at that time.

In Response

by: Kaveh from: Ca
June 22, 2014 10:35 PM
Did you two got dropped when you born? Or China must pay you well.
You two are nothing but tools. Move on


by: So So from: US
June 22, 2014 8:38 AM
I know that there are all types of scientific surveys done in the RoC often and on many issues.
But a survey is just a survey. So, I was just wondering if an unofficial referendum similar to the one that is going on in Hong Kong could be (or should be) done in Taiwan on the questions of unification or independence. And what would be the impacts of the result of such referendum.

In Response

by: So So
June 22, 2014 10:46 PM
@JayInAustin - thanks for the answer !!

In Response

by: JayInAustin from: Pflugerville, TX
June 22, 2014 5:23 PM
Hey, So-So, thx for telling us what you're wondering. I'll see that and raise you by wondering if (1) the moon is made of green cheese, if (2) uneducated and intellectually handicapped Americans really think they know how to think, and if (3) the dish ran away with the spoon - or vice versa. Thx for letting us know what you are "wondering." Gotta go. The kids just found some matches ....

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forcesi
X
September 02, 2014 12:58 PM
A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists with the help of a state-of-the-art newsroom. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

AppleAndroid