HOW TO DESIGN YOUR DEMOCRACY?
You are about to design your own model of universal suffrage for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive. Do not underestimate this task. After all, universal suffrage will be the most important development in Hong Kong’s political system in recent times. We have tried to simplify the task by creating a decision tree that simulates the kinds of questions the government will need to address in designing democracy for Hong Kong. Before you commence the process, you may want to read more about Hong Kong’s current and past political system and about the electoral systems in other countries. Some of this reference material can be accessed under the Knowledge tab on the Design Democracy homepage.

There are seven parts to the decision tree. That sounds like a lot, but there are many different aspects to the design of the system and we want to make sure that your model is comprehensive. Do not worry if you are unsure or undecided about a particular question because you will be allowed to skip certain questions. There is no time limit to completing the decision tree so you can take as much time as you like. However, data is saved on the system only after you have completed the questions and submitted your model. It will not save as you go along. After you have completed your model, you will be asked your name, email address and other personal details (should you wish to provide those other details). Following submission of your model into the Design Democracy system, you will immediately see how other designers have answered each question and how your model compares to others.

Here is a brief description of the seven parts of the decision tree. Part 1 asks the most basic question of who should have the power to nominate Chief Executive candidates. If you believe nominations should involve a Nominating Committee then you will carry on to answer questions in Parts 2 to 5. If you do not believe that there should be a Nominating Committee then after you have the chance to explain your method of nomination you will jump to Part 6. Parts 2 to 4 asks you to think about the design of the Nominating Committee including its size, its composition and its electorate base. Part 5 allows you to design the method for nominating Chief Executive candidates. Part 6 asks questions about how a Hong Kong-wide election of the Chief Executive should be conducted. Part 7 is an open space for you to tell others why your model is the right one for Hong Kong. Before you begin, you can watch the video to gain a sense of what to expect as you work through the decision tree.
You are about to design your own model of universal suffrage for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive. Do not underestimate this task. After all, universal suffrage will be the most important development in Hong Kong’s political system in recent times. We have tried to simplify the task by creating a decision tree that simulates the kinds of questions the government ......