The one, and only

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Issue 735, Page 1 & 3
Word count: 406
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Fernando Chui Sai On successfully obtained 286 nominations from the 300-member Election Committee, which made him the only candidate to stand for the third Chief Executive Election to be held on July 26.

According to the Chief Executive Election Law, a candidate must have to receive at least 50 nominations from the Election Committee, and each of the committee members can only nominate one person.

The former social affairs and culture secretary yesterday afternoon delivered his nomination form to the Chief Executive Election Coordination Office, which marked his official participation in the third Chief Executive Election.

Chui told the reporters he will continue to uphold his goals – to inherit traditions, create innovations, build harmony and be people-oriented – to run for the election.

“I’m very happy today as I’ve got 286 election committee members who trusted and nominated me to run for the Chief Executive Election. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to them,” he said.

“In the future according to the regulations, we will try our best to collect public opinions,” he added,

Chui said he has already completed his platform, and during the campaign period from July 11 to 24, a number of public events including public hearing sessions will be held.

“We will listen to different residents’ opinions through various channels and hope that a consensus based on social values and beliefs can be attained, so that Macau will maintain a prosperous and stable society in the future,” he said.

If elected, Chui said he will fully execute the “one country, two systems” policy and maintain a high degree of autonomy in his governance.

Also, he said he will aim at improving the economy and facilitating growth in order to tackle the financial crisis.

According to his election office yesterday, about 40 public activities, including at least three public hearing sessions that need pre-registrations will be organised.

The first public hearing session may be held on the first Sunday during the designated campaign period.

The deadline for candidates to submit nomination forms is on June 23. The Chief Executive Electoral Affairs Commission is expected to announce the official list of candidates on July 2 the soonest.

On the other hand, doctor Lei Kuong Iun also submitted his nomination form yesterday, but he was unable to obtain any nomination from the Election Committee members.

He said that the 300 committee members lacked representation and could not represent all the people of Macau.


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