Details of Hong Kong election reform to be set

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress will discuss details of Hong Kong's electoral reform in sessions on Monday and Tuesday in Beijing.

The NPC decided earlier this month to expand the authority of the Election Committee to allow it to select a number of the Legislative Council members. A new panel will also be set up to screen the qualifications of candidates for the chief executive and Legislative Council lawmakers.

China's top legislature says Hong Kong's electoral system has "clear loopholes and deficiencies" and the territory should be governed by "patriots."

During the NPC Standing Committee meeting, attention is focused on what processes will be launched to choose members of the screening panel and exclude candidates critical of Beijing and the Hong Kong government.

Members of the committee will likely expedite their deliberations as elections for Legislative Council lawmakers and the chief executive will be held in September this year and the first half of next year, respectively.

The Global Times newspaper, which is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, quoted sources as saying that Hong Kong authorities are expected to finalize relevant legal amendments concerning the reform by the end of May.