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Basic Law Quiz-cum-Prize Presentation Ceremony held today (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education:

     The community should have a good grasp of the requirements for universal suffrage under Article 45 of the Basic Law so that they could have a focused discussion on the constitutional development matters, with a view to achieving the common wish of universal suffrage in 2017, the Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, said today (March 29).

     Mr Yuen was speaking at the Basic Law Quiz-cum-Prize Presentation Ceremony this afternoon, which was jointly organised by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE) and the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB).
     "Any constitutional development proposal which is deviated from the requirements of the Basic Law, e.g. if the proposed nomination method bypasses or undermines the nominating committee which is authorised by the Basic Law to nominate candidates for the Chief Executive election, may not only be unconstitutional, but may also subject to legal challenges.

     "We have more than one month's time before the end of the constitutional development consultation. I encourage all to you to actively express your views on the basis of the Basic Law," Mr Yuen said.

     This event, which was co-organised by the Department of Justice, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Education Bureau, aims to enhance the general public's knowledge of the Basic Law in a more lively and interesting way. Themes of the quiz were based on Basic Law's Chapter II on "Relationship between the Central Authorities and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", Chapter IV on "Political Structure" and Chapter VI on "Education, Science, Culture, Sports, Religion, Labour and Social Services".

     Divided into Primary School, Secondary School and Open Categories, interested participants first answered questions about the Basic Law online, or completed question sheets published by the organisers and distributed to schools and community organisations. Those with the highest scores in each category were selected by ballot to attend the final of the Basic Law Quiz Competition held today. They were then selected from each category on the spot for question sessions to complete for the champion, first and second runners-up prizes.

     To tie in with the quiz competition, two seminars were held in January and February this year to introduce to secondary students the principles of the Basic Law and how the Basic Law relates to individuals.

     The CPCE and the HAB organise large-scale events every year to promote the Basic Law with a view to enhancing public understanding of the law.

Ends/Saturday, March 29, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:40


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