HKUPOP rolls out the "3.23 Civil Referendum Project" Website: http://popvote.hkBack
|February 8, 2012|
The Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong held a press conference on February 8, 2012 (Wednesday) to announce its plan to launch the "Civil Referendum Project" which could be held on March 23, 2012 (Friday). During the press conference, Director of POP Robert Chung explained the aims of the project, fund raising goals and the related arrangements while IT Manager Jazz Ma explained the operation concepts and other technical arrangements
Background and Objectives
As an independent academic institution, POP has worked hard to develop a task-based electronic voting system to facilitate the general public and people from different sectors to express their will through civil referendum. POP plans to hold a "civil referendum" on March 23, 2012 to echo with the fourth Chief Executive election to be held on March 25. POP hopes to let the general public vote via the civil referendum in order to express their support towards different candidates. The "civil referendum" has three objectives, namely: 1) to integrate with the results of public opinion surveys to form a comprehensive reference for the public and the election committee, 2) to construct a civil society by promoting civil participation, and 3) to demonstrate the electronic voting system.
"Although the civil referendum does not have legal status, and will not be carried out as strictly as official voting, if the civil referendum can be conducted fairly and independently, and the number of votes count up to five digits, then it will have very high reference value," says Robert Chung.
The proposed timelines of "3.23 Civil Referendum Project" are as follows:
POP plans to use an onsite-offsite parallel mode of voting and welcomes any Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above on the voting day to vote via either one of the following methods: (see Annex 1 for details)
Fund Raising Goals and Arrangement