HKUPOP goes ahead with the “3.23 Civil Referendum Project” Website: http://popvote.hkBack
|February 23, 2012|
The Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong held a press conference on February 23, 2012 (Thursday) to announce its decision to go ahead with the “Civil Referendum Project” which could be held on March 23, 2012 (Friday), in order to let people express their support towards different candidates of the fourth Chief Executive election, by means of onsite and offsite electronic voting. POP has also decided to run a “3.21 Mock Civil Referendum Project” on March 21, 2012 (Wednesday) in primary and secondary schools, in order to let the underage practice online electronic voting at their schools. During the press conference, Director of POP Robert Chung explained fund raising situation of the project, and the activity schedule, while IT Manager of POP Jazz Ma explained the operation concepts and other technical arrangements.
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. To echo with the fourth Chief Executive election to be held on March 25, the “civil referendum” of March 23 has three objective:
1) to provide a multi-dimensional reference for the public and the election committee
Fund Raising Situation (as of noon time on February 23, 2012)
Activity Schedule (preliminary)
The electronic ballot for both the “3.23 Civil Referendum” and the “3.21 Mock Civil Referendum” will contain all official candidates of the CE election, plus “abstention”. In paper ballots, “blank” or invalid votes can be regarded as “abstention”, but in electronic voting, non-submission is normally not registered, so an extra option of “abstention” is offered. It would be counted and reported exactly like other options.
Operation Plan for “3.23 Civil Referendum”
Smartphone App screenshots preview
Arrangement for “3.21 Mock Civil Referendum” in Schools
Voting platform access time: March 21, 2012, between 0900-2100 hr
Flow on mock voting day
Suggested floor plan for “3.21 Mock Civil Referendum” in schools
Since POP’s announcement about the “3.23 Civil Referendum Project”, many students and citizens have come forward to express their wish to provide active support for the project. An “Alliance of 3.23 Civil Referendum Support Groups” was also formed yesterday (February 22, 2012, Wednesday), with the following members initially:
In view of this, POP has decided to encourage Hong Kong people to provide support to the project in the following ways:
If any people would like to support the activity, or has other ideas, they can click on our PopVote website at http://popvote.hk then “tangible support” and then leave their information. The “Alliance of 3.23 Civil Referendum Support Groups” will follow up with them in due course.
The main difference between civil referendums and opinion polling lies in people’s degree of participation. Civil referendum stresses active and civilized participation, much more than scientific analysis of the results.