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ECONOMY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Government to abolish District Council appointments

It will be done in phases through a transitional period.

A report by the Information Services Department said the move was announced by Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam.

He was quoted as saying, “As a start, we tend to reduce by one-third the number of District Council appointed members in 2012, that is appointing only 68 members and not the full slate of 102.”

Mr Lam continued, “After the District Council election in November, we can embark on a further round of public discussion as to how the issue should be dealt with, including how long the transitional period should be and how the relevant legislative provisions should be dealt with.”

He said the remaining 68 seats can be abolished in one go in 2016 or in two lots by 2020.

View the report here.

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