In first trip since the handover, they will propose 'one man, two votes' formula Moderate democrats are poised to visit Beijing to discuss a proposal for political reform in Hong Kong with central government officials. The South China Morning Post understands a dozen moderate democrats, most of them social workers, will propose a 'one man, two votes' formula when they go to the capital next month or in early July. Their proposal would give each elector in the 2008 Legislative Council poll two votes - one in a geographical constituency and one in a functional constituency. Theirs would be the first open visit to the capital by members of the pro-democracy camp since the handover. The democrats and Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong are finalising details of the visit. In Beijing, they are likely to meet officials from the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the NPC Standing Committee's legislative affairs commission. The moderate democrats, some of them members of the Democratic Party, said they raised the idea of a visit to the capital last month after the NPC Standing Committee interpreted the Basic Law provisions on electoral reform. The plan drew 'very positive' responses from central government officials, one said. The Standing Committee's interpretation said Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa must report to it on the need for political reform. Two weeks ago, after receiving his report, it rejected the introduction of universal suffrage in 2007 but agreed electoral methods could be 'appropriately modified'. Under the moderate democrats' plan, the existing 30 functional constituency seats in Legco would be redrawn and widened to include all voters, including the unemployed and retired, and the electoral base of the 800-strong Election Committee selecting the chief executive widened. It is understood central government officials have told them privately the 'one man, two votes' proposal complies with the Standing Committee's rulings on political reform. The moderates said they would tell mainland officials that, by rejecting universal suffrage in 2007, they had missed an opportunity to address Hong Kong's crisis of governance. Tik Chi-yuen, a former Democratic Party legislator, said he was considering joining the delegation to Beijing. 'I believe that the pro-democracy camp should engage in dialogue with the central government and strive to make the most of the present situation, even though Beijing has vetoed universal suffrage in 2007,' he said. Mr Tik, chief executive of the Hong Kong Society for the Aged, said it was not healthy for Beijing and the pro-democracy camp to engage in confrontation. The trip is likely to put the Democratic Party in a difficult situation. It said on Tuesday it would continue to insist on the introduction of universal suffrage for the elections of the chief executive in 2007 and Legco in 2008. It said it would not put forward any proposal for electoral changes under the restricted framework for constitutional development. In the third report of the government's taskforce on constitutional development, unveiled on Tuesday, the scope for changes in electing the chief executive include an expansion of the Election Committee and changes to its composition and who selects it. The Standing Committee ruled last month that any changes to electoral methods should be conducive to the balanced participation of various political strata and accord with the principle of 'gradual and orderly progress'.