Two transport associations who issued court injunctions against Occupy protesters yesterday are allowed a vote to select Hong Kong election candidates. The Taxi Drivers & Operators Association and the Kowloon Public Light Bus Chiu Chow Traders & Workers Friendly Association have corporate votes under the city’s convoluted ‘Functional Constituencies’ election model.
This system allows for industrial, commercial, financial and other sectors to have thousands of votes that – in real democracies – would be assigned to people.
CY Leung voiced concerns yesterday that allowing one-man-one-vote would benefit the poor. Beijing calls the functional constituency system “balanced participation“. In short, it knows that they will always have more control over tycoons and corporate interests than the people at large.
40 of the 70 Legislative Council seats are directly elected by the people and 30 are elected by the small-circle functional constituencies.