The Democratic Party would table a motion in the new Legco demanding full democracy, its chairman, Martin Lee Chu-ming, said yesterday. Mr Lee said his party - the biggest in the new council - wanted to amend the Basic Law to introduce universal suffrage for the second Legislative Council in 2000 and the Chief Executive in 2002. He said Sunday's record election turnout of 53 per cent showed people wanted democracy. 'I'm disappointed at Tung Chee-hwa's remarks that we should stick to the pace of democracy in the Basic Law. The public certainly does not want to follow the Basic Law. They consider the pace too slow.' Under the Basic Law, half of the seats in the third Legco beginning in 2004 will be directly elected. Full universal suffrage can begin in 2007 if a two-thirds majority of the legislators and the Chief Executive agree. Mr Lee said a large public survey would shed light on how quickly people wanted universal suffrage. In Beijing, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Basic Law outlined the pace of democracy. Executive Council members warned against hasty amendments to the Basic Law, saying it would set a bad precedent. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing cast doubts over the viability of universal suffrage in 2000, noting the legislative procedures involved. However, he said the party supported a revision of the pace of democracy outlined in the Basic Law after thorough discussion in the community. 'Whether we would support such a motion depends on how it is worded,' he said. He was adamant a referendum should only be conducted after a government review. 'It will not be appropriate to throw open the question of whether the whole legislature should be returned by direct elections at this stage,' he said. Mr Tsang refused to comment on whether the public was ready for full democracy. Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier said a quicker pace of democracy and issues such as executive and legislature relationship were important constitutional issues that the whole community should debate.