Few people are aware public consultation was carried out on the election of the first SAR legislature, a survey says. None of the respondents to the survey had filed suggestions on the election to the Preparatory Committee's secretariat. Of the 500 people interviewed, 94 per cent were unaware of the consultation, while 81 per cent thought it was futile to express an opinion on the election. The survey, carried out by the Tsing Yi Action Group, found 74 per cent of people believed Beijing had already decided how the election would be conducted. Nearly all those interviewed wanted the committee to explain the different election systems available and hoped it would use universal suffrage for next year's election. Just 31 per cent said they would vote while 55 per cent had not decided. Action group spokesman Tse Wai-ming said the survey showed the consultation had nothing to do with ordinary people. It had been turned into a row between politicians, he said. Mr Tse attacked political parties for not consulting the public before submitting their proposals and suggesting election systems favourable to themselves. But Professor Lau Siu-kai, convenor of a Preparatory Committee sub-group on the first legislature, said indifference was to be expected. He said: 'The sub-group hoped to be low-key in conducting consultations. Election methods are a difficult and technical topic for ordinary people. 'The political structure has seldom been a talking point over the past decades,' he said. 'What ordinary people care about now is livelihood issues.' The consultation, which began on March 1 and was advertised in newspapers, closed yesterday. By last Thursday, more than 600 proposals had been submitted to the secretariat.