Significant democratic practice to fully implement the fundamental principle of "patriots governing Macao"
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
Xinhua News Agency, Macau, September 14 (Reporters Li Hanfang and Liu Gang) The election of the seventh Legislative Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region was successfully held, and 14 directly elected members and 12 inter-elected members of the new Legislative Council were elected in an orderly manner in accordance with the law. All walks of life in Macao believe that the election of the Legislative Council is orderly, open and fair in accordance with the law, fully demonstrates the spirit of governing Australia according to law, and fully demonstrates the strong vitality of the democratic system with Macao characteristics under "One Country, Two Systems. The newly elected members show the mainstream value of patriotism and love for Australia, and further optimize the structure. It is expected that the new Macao Legislative Council can cooperate more effectively with the administration of the SAR government, promote good governance and good governance in Macao, and ensure long-term stability.
Recalling this election, the SAR Government is committed to ensuring that the elections are held on the basis of fairness, impartiality and openness, and that the Electoral Affairs Commission of the Legislative Council of the SAR decides on the qualifications of candidates for election in accordance with the law, the Macao SAR Court of Final Appeal made a ruling to uphold the decision. These strictly implement the Constitution, the Macao Basic Law and the principle of "Patriots governing Australia" to ensure that the governance structure of the Special Administrative Region is firmly in the hands of the Patriots.
Ye Guiping, Associate Vice-Chancellor of the City University of Macau, said that this is the first time that the principle of "patriots governing Australia" has been implemented in the election of the Legislative Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region, fully reflecting the mainstream core value of patriotism and love for Australia, it provides a solid legal guarantee for the long-term prosperity and stability of the SAR, and is conducive to building a solid foundation for the "one country, two systems" in Macao.
Faced with the tests and challenges brought about by the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the SAR government has done a good job in epidemic prevention to effectively ensure the order and security of elections. Each participating group fully demonstrates the responsibility of patriotism and love for Australia, and actively candidates for election. All sectors of society and Macao residents actively and orderly participate in the election and earnestly exercise the democratic rights conferred by the Macao Basic Law.
Luo Weijian, a professor at the Law School of the University of Macau, said in an interview with Xinhua that the election was a test under the full implementation and implementation of the principle of "patriots governing Australia, it is a practice of perfecting the electoral system and has a profound impact on the political situation in Macao. From the results of the election, the camp, which has a firm patriot as its backbone, has gained an absolute majority in the directly elected seats and an absolute advantage in the Legislative Council, it is conducive to further consolidating the political and social foundation of the "Patriot governing Australia.
During the election process, the participating groups fully demonstrated their ability to participate in politics and participate in politics with the community and listening to public opinion. They focused on Macao's moderately diversified economy, post-epidemic economic recovery, improvement of people's livelihood, and improvement of social services, the main topics such as improving governance capabilities, integrating into the country and the development of the Greater Bay Area have launched their respective political platforms, which have been widely recognized by the public. The success of the election further continued the glorious tradition of patriotism and love for Macao from all walks of life, demonstrating the unity, tolerance and harmony of different ethnic groups.
"From the perspective of the political platforms of the elected constituencies, most of them are simple, concrete and pragmatic, which basically reflects the demands of the broad masses of voters and meets the actual needs of Macao. I believe that the new members of the Legislative Council will be able to conscientiously perform their functions, actively realize the commitment." Jiang Chaoyang said.
Miss Deng, a resident of Macau, said that for the new Legislative Council elections, I feel that each group is more focused on entering the community than before, actively communicating with the people, preaching the political platform, and working more closely. She is concerned that there are many new faces joining this year, and she hopes that they will serve the people in the parliament and build a better Macau.
Among the 14 directly elected seats, 7 incumbent members were re-elected, and 7 were new faces, reflecting the characteristics of "new generations and passing on from generation to generation.
Jiang Chaoyang analyzed that directly elected members tend to be younger, have diversified professional structures, have high professional quality and rich grassroots community work experience, and re-elected members have rich experience in participating in politics. With the announcement of the appointed members soon, the composition of the new Legislative Council will be further optimized in terms of age structure, professional quality and sector distribution. It can be expected that in the future, the proposal of the bill and the deliberation of the bill will be more pragmatic, the supervisory government will be more proactive in governing according to law, and the supervision of public finances will be further strengthened to promote good governance in the Macao SAR.
The Macao Society also expects that the newly elected members can live up to expectations, fulfill their mission, unite and cooperate under the banner of patriotism and love for Australia, and continue to promote the successful practice of "one country, two systems" with Macao characteristics.
According to an article in The Macao Daily, as an important member of the SAR's political structure, the new members are highly expected to have greater responsibilities and heavier tasks, gathering people's wisdom, reflecting people's sentiments and supervising governance, play a good role as a bridge between the government and residents. It is also necessary to take the overall interests of the society as the premise, unite the forces of all parties, cooperate with the effective administration of the SAR government, stimulate the motivation of all walks of life to build Macao, escort economic development, social and people's livelihood, and bring Macao's development to a new level.
Ye Guiping said that Macao is currently ushering in a major opportunity for the construction of the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao deep cooperation zone. He hoped that the MPs would urge the SAR government to enhance its sense of urgency and initiative and work together to make this overall blueprint for the economic and social development of the SAR in the next five years, maintain and maintain the good situation of harmony, prosperity and stability in Macao.
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