Through train plan by political parties

LIBERAL political party, Meeting Point, has made public a set of constitutional reforms that would allow all legislators willing to take an oath in 1997 to ride the through train.

''All legislators who are willing to pledge allegiance to the Special Administrative Region should be allowed to straddle 1997,'' said party chairman Mr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.

''The central spirit of the through-train arrangements is to ensure continuity of the legislators between 1995 and 1999, hence the screening process should be ceremonial in 1997.'' The party's constitutional plan, seen as a counter-proposal to that of the Governor, Mr Chris Patten, will also suggest broadening the franchise of the functional constituencies so that elections could be held on the basis of one man, one vote.