Chief Executive: court verdict ends legislative election

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Issue 832, Page 3
Word count: 364
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah said yesterday the SAR government “fully respected” the Court of Final Appeal’s (TUI) ruling on the legislative election results.

“The verdict drew a complete full stop in the whole legislative election,” Mr Ho added.

Besides the “little flaw” in the handling of invalid ballots, the Chief Executive said the overall election process went smoothly.

“It was found that some people in society wasn’t very used to or familiar with using the stamps, so we must have to conduct a thorough review, including the aspects of election guidelines and promotional campaigns to voters,” he said.

When asked if there was anyone needed to shoulder the responsibility, Mr Ho said at this moment he did not see it was necessary, “the entire handling process of invalid votes was open and transparent”.

“Although the related parties [the Electoral Affairs Commission and the General Accounting Committee vs. the court] have inconsistent interpretations of the law, a clearer result is made after the ruling of TUI,” Mr Ho said.

He said that the SAR government will learn from the experience, such as to study whether or not the existing Legislative Election Law has to be further amended, and to give more precise guidelines to polling stations in the future.

“The central vote counting mechanism mentioned by the Electoral Affairs Commission’s president is an approach that we will consider to adopt,” the Chief Executive added.

On the other hand, in regard to the Chief Executive-appointed lawmakers, Mr Ho said it has already entered the final stage, adding an announcement is expected to be out early next week.

He reiterated that during the whole process of selecting the seven lawmakers, a close communication has been maintained with Chief Executive-designate Fernando Chui Sai On.

Mr Ho will today lead a delegation to Beijing for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Republic of China.

He said that he feels “very excited and delighted” to be able to take part in the “proud moments” shared by every Chinese in the capacity as the Chief Executive of the Macau SAR.

He also said that he should see the Chinese leaders there but it’s unlikely to speak to them.

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