Kudos to Hong Kong, they've just elected Donald Tsang again for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Governing a state with a population of more than 6,9 million residents. Hong Kong, as one of the most advance, democratic society in the modern world, somehow practices a 'weird' approach when it comes for the election for the chief of state.
Out of the 6.9 million residents, only 694 of which are the election comittee, are eligible for the 'public' voting. These include the social elites, tycoons in Hong Kong.
In this UN-DEMOCRATIC?
In my own humble opinion? No.
It's actually a play of public conscious when election parties play on the Democracy name to allow all citizens to play a part in the voting process. However, we can see how election parties use various tactics to manipulate the average poor, dumb, selfish public to rally the support they needed to get elected or re-elected. I'm very sure if it weren't for the average stupid americans and taiwanese, Chen Sui Bian and George W Jr Bush wouldn't have been elected in the first place.
The general public are oftenly swayed in approval ratings and public opinions on agendas brought up by these 'cunning' parties, which includes the reduction in taxes, medical benefits, even the acceptance of gay marriage or not to gain support from the public. These people are very much volatile to own perceived gained benefits, not knowing nor understanding the far-out effect it had on the country as a whole. In short, stupid people are manipulated by smart people for empty promises.
However, by limiting the number of people to vote to professors, elites, tycoons that had an in-sight on the intentions of election parties, the swaying of public opinions won't be that EASY, and in the end, a proper leader was elected, stupid decisions won't be made.