Editorial : Paradigm shift in HK politics

【明報專訊】The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) has given the nod to the amendments to Annex I and Annex II of the Basic Law. The "4:3:2" plan (40 seats from the Election Committee, 30 from functional constituencies and 20 from geographical constituencies) has finally been adopted for Legislative Council elections. The number of directly elected seats will be greatly reduced, while the power of the Election Committee will significantly expand. Furthermore, the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee (CERC), a gatekeeper, will work closely with the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR (NSC) and the police's National Security Department (NSD).