Although the pro-democracy camp has sought to present a united front in demanding direct elections, several of its members are privately discussing their options if the demand for universal suffrage by 2007 is not met. Under the Basic Law, the present electoral system - where the chief executive is elected by an 800-member Election Committee and half of the 60-seat legislature are returned through trade-based functional constituencies - can be changed after 2007. While the government has promised public consultation next year on how the electoral system should be modified, Beijing and conservative politicians have shown reluctance to support what they perceive as a rush to accept universal suffrage. Activists have privately discussed the need for negotiation, and agreed that the government should be spurred into launching its consultations this year. One leading activist said that in the worst-case scenario - if the 'one man, one vote' principle is not used in the next election for chief executive - a clear pledge should be made by the government to introduce universal suffrage in the 2012 Legco election. Campaigners have also been considering the possibility of direct elections choosing only from candidates pre-selected by the Election Committee. 'This will address Beijing's worst fear - that someone anti-China would be elected as chief executive. People in Hong Kong are not so stupid as to choose someone too radical,' the activist said. Another democrat said that apart from universal suffrage, other measures could be taken to make the present system more democratic. The number of directly elected seats could be increased and Legco's split-voting system could be scrapped. In elections for trade-base seats, employees of companies involved could be allowed to vote. Yeung Sum, chairman of the Democrats, said the introduction of full direct elections was the general wish of the public, as shown by the more than 500,000 people who marched in July 1 to protest against the government. 'Universal suffrage is a must, but how to conduct the election is open for debate.' Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier said that in the nomination and election of the chief executive, anything short of 'one man, one vote' would be unacceptable. 'You don't want to stir 500,000 to march again,' she said.