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Refining the Principal Officials Accountability System. Chung Kai SIN Deputy Chairman, Democratic Party Nov 14, 2009. Principal Officials Accountability System. Angels or Demons. Demons for when CE is not popularly elected Essential Angels when CE is popularly elected .

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refining the principal officials accountability system

Refining the Principal Officials Accountability System

Chung Kai SIN

Deputy Chairman, Democratic Party

Nov 14, 2009

angels or demons
Angels or Demons
  • Demons for when CE is not popularly elected
  • Essential Angels when CE is popularly elected
basis of accountability
Basis of Accountability
  • Accountable to the 800 Electorate
  • Accountable to the general voters
principal officials accountability system5
Principal Officials Accountability System
  • Disruptive to the Civil Services System
  • Conflicts between the political layer and Civil Services layer
  • Fast track from Civil Service layer
other criticism
Other Criticism
  • No coercive bonding among the political layer
  • No Mandate
  • On-job training?
  • Inconsistent remuneration system
common accountability system
Common Accountability System
  • Presidential System
    • Confirmation by Senate (US)
    • Secretaries or Ministers from Ruling Party or Coalition
  • Parliamentary Government System
    • Ministers are elected MP
accountability
Accountability
  • The ruling party is accountable not only the individual ministers
  • The performance of political layer will affect election result
  • Political Layer – politically accountable in addition to personal responsibilities
essential elements for principal official accountability system
Essential Elements for Principal Official Accountability System
  • Universal Suffrage for the Chief Executive
  • Party Politics
how many political appointees
How Many Political Appointees
  • 3 + 12 Secretaries
  • 12 Deputy Secretaries
  • 15 Political Assistants
  • 40~50 political appointees
  • Cabinet members with consistent governing philosophies
possible improvement
Possible Improvement
  • Chief Executive can be a party member
  • Political Party Law
  • Appointment system of the various Boards and Committees
  • Impeachment Process on Principal Officials
appointment of boards committee
Appointment of Boards & Committee
  • Majority (Ruling Coalition)
  • Minority (Proportional to popular support of general election)
other possible improvement
Other Possible Improvement
  • Political layer from experienced Politicians with political party background among the ruling coalition
  • Principal Officials through Confirmation by Legislative Council or respective Legco Committees
clearer responsibilities
Clearer Responsibilities
  • Political Layer – political judgment
    • Spokespersons for the government
    • Answerable to Legco
  • Civil Service Layer – Professionals
    • Support to Political
benefits
Benefits
  • Performance of Political Layer tied with Election
  • Accountable to the People
long er term review
Longer Term Review
  • After Universal Suffrage of Chief Executive
  • Review of Role of Administrative Officers
  • Policy bureau and departments structure
  • Ministries combine bureau and departments
roadmap to universal suffrage
Roadmap to Universal Suffrage
  • Principal Official Accountability System
  • Step by step advancement
  • Holistic Approach
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