Good morning principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates, I’m Alex Tse from 6C. Today, I would like to talk about a very important government body, the Legislative Council. What do you know about the Legislative Council?
Let’s look at the history of the Legislative Council. On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Under the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is vested with legislative power and the Legislative Council is the legislative of the HKSAR.
So, what are the functions of the Legislative Council? Not only does it enact, amend or repeal laws, but it also examines and approves budgets, taxation and public expenditure and raises questions on the work of the government. Added to this, it is given the power to endorse the appointment and removal of the judges of the Court of Final Appeal and the Chief Judge of the High Court, as well as the power to impeach the Chief Executive.
Here comes a question. How can the Legislative Council represent the interests of the citizens of Hong Kong? In fact, it has 70 members for the fifth term, with 35 members returned by geographical constituencies through direct elections, while the rest returned by functional constituencies. On the other hand, the President is elected by and from among members of the Legislative Council. Established on 9 September 2012, the term of office of the fifth term will terminate four years later. At that time, a new term will begin.
As the Legislative Council plays such a significant role, we, the Hong Kong people have to try our best to express our opinions through different channels and also think twice before casting our vote so as to create a better Hong Kong. Thank you.