「思言財雋」現正發起聯署行動, 籌集金融從業員及市民的簽名支持我們的建議。我們下一步的行動是帶同市民的聯署約見金融界的吳亮星議員及金融服務界的張華峰議員, 以及政制及内地事務局局長譚嗣源先生向他們表達業界及市民要求改革功能界別制度的意見。以下是我們的建議内容。
甲、把「金融界」功能界別合資格選民由符合《銀行業條例》（第 155 章）所指的銀行、有限制牌照銀行及接受存款公司， 擴大至香港金融管理局「認可機構證券業務員工紀錄冊」內認可機構的現任僱員的合資格選民。根據金管局數字, 已登記從業員有9千6百多人。
爭取在2016年界別選舉中加入個人票只是一個開始。我們相信擴大選民基礎、令更加多的從業員變成合資格的選民，是邁向普選立法會的重要一步。這樣做會令當選的議員更受業界認同及更具代表性, 亦符合《基本法》内循序漸進達致普選的原則。我們的最終目標是全面取消功能界別制度, 讓立法會全部議席由一人一票的地區直選方式產生，以達至真正普及而平等的選舉制度。
The electoral base of the Finance and Financial Services sectors in the Legislative Council (“Legco”) is currently confined to corporate and institutional votes only. More than 200,000 professionals who work in the financial industries are represented by less than 700 voters, which is a mere 0.35% of the population. Such a narrow electoral base calls the representativeness of the relevant lawmakers into question.
Financier Conscience is now launching a joint signatories campaign to gather support from the financial industry and the general public. Our next step is to meet up with Legco member Mr. Ng Leung Sing from the Finance constituency and Mr. Cheung Wah Fung Christopher from the Financial Services constituency and Secretary of Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau Mr. Raymond Tam to express our proposal and recommendation on functional constituency reform. Our proposal is as stated below.
In accordance with Annex II of the Basic Law of Hong Kong (“Method for the Formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Its Voting Procedures”), the corporate and institutional votes of the Finance and Financial Services functional constituencies shall be fully replaced by individual votes in 2016. The detailed methods are as follows:
a. Eligible voters for the Finance functional constituency should consist of all existing employees under the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ("HKMA") Register of Securities Staff of Authorized Institutions, as opposed to currently only banks, restricted license banks and deposit-taking companies under Chapter 155 of the Banking Ordinance. According to HKMA the registry currently has over 9,600 registrants.
b. Eligible voters for the Financial Services functional constituency should consist of all Responsible Officers and Licensed Representatives under the Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC") Public Register of Licensed Persons & Registered Institutions, as opposed to currently only Exchange Participants and members of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society entitled to vote at general meetings of the Society. According to the SFC, there are over 41,400 licencees (which include approximately 2,200 licensed entities and 39,000 licensed individuals).
c. Any candidate nominated by 100 or more eligible voters from the respective sector should be qualified to run for the election.
The shift from corporate votes to individual votes in 2016 is only the first step. We believe such expansion of the electoral base is an important step towards universal suffrage in the Legco election. The proposed change will help to raise the legitimacy and representativeness of those who are elected. It is also in accordance with the principle of achieving universal suffrage in a gradual and orderly progress as stipulated in the Basic Law. Our ultimate goal is to completely abolish the functional constituency system and have all Legco seats returned from geographical constituencies under one-person-one-vote. This is what we believe the truly universal and equal electoral system should be.
Please participate in our joint signatory campaign to support the financial industry to fight for individual voting rights within the Finance and Financial Services constituencies. Thank you!