Arrangements for the “New Year Civil Referendum”Back
|December 27, 2013|
The Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong (POP) and Centre for Social Policy Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (CSPS) are commissioned by the Secretariat of the “Occupy Central with Love and Peace” (OCLP) to organize the “New Year Civil Referendum”, which encourages members of the general public to express their views on the principles of CE Election, lets the public get familiar with the e-voting operation, and prepares them for the “civil authorization” of future CE Election proposals.
Robert Ting-Yiu Chung, Director of POP today at a press conference emphasized, “POP and CSPS are providing the OCLP Secretariat a professional service to organize the ‘New Year Civil Referendum’, in the hope of ensuring the fairness and impartiality of the operation, and encouraging civilized participation. POP and CSPS stay political neutral to the ‘OCLP’ Campaign per se, and the OCLP Secretariat has already pledged to give POP and CSPS full autonomy in designing and conducting the civil referendum.”
“New Year Civil Referendum” is scheduled to be held on 1 January (Wednesday) 2014, and the topic of referendum is “Principles of CE Election”, with a total of 3 propositions. The results will be announced at the Civil Human Rights Front’s Post New Year Rally Gathering. The following is the questions and an outline of the voting arrangements of the day:
Because of limited capacity in handling voters in the physical polling station, the event organizers encourage the public to cast their votes using personal computers or smartphones in order to spare the polling station for citizens in need. The organizers have also prepared back-up paper ballots at the polling station in order to cope with technical failure or malicious attacks on the e-voting system. Due to security reasons, voting outside Hong Kong will not be allowed.
We welcome the media to cover the voting process outside the polling station, there will be polling station staff providing support and arranging interviews.
On the event day (1 January 2014), POP will also conduct some rally headcounts, and releases the preliminary results via the “HKU POP SITE” around 2 to 4 hours after the rallies. The civil referendum and rally head-counts are two independent projects.
Operation Plan for “3.23 Civil Referendum”
Smartphone App screenshots preview
Location Map of Polling Station