Strategies will be discussed at talks over the weekend Newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers will meet at the weekend to discuss their strategies for co-ordinating efforts to push for universal suffrage. Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum said yesterday he had received an invitation to attend a meeting with fellow legislators on Sunday. He declined to reveal further details. Barrister Ronny Tong Ka-wah, of the Article 45 Concern Group, said he hoped for a united stance to achieve universal suffrage by 2008. The issue would be discussed with Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen before the period for consultation on the issue ends on September 30, he said. During their election campaigns, all 25 pro-democracy legislators voiced support for universal suffrage to elect the chief executive in 2007 and the Legislative Council in 2008 - timeframes that have already been ruled out by Beijing. 'The first thing we need to do is work out among the pan-democrats what we are going to do and say. Hopefully, there can be a united front before going to meet Donald [Tsang],' Mr Tong said. He said he wanted to discuss with fellow pro-democracy lawmakers a proposal from the Article 45 Concern Group, which he had submitted to Mr Tsang, who heads the government taskforce on constitutional reform. A three-month period of public consultation was originally scheduled to end on August 31. But Mr Tsang announced in mid-August that it would be extended beyond the Legislative Council election to allow political parties more time to respond. Dr Yeung said he would raise the issue of direct elections by 2008 during a meeting today with Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. 'The outcome of the Legco election is tantamount to a referendum on the city's democracy, and the pro-democracy camp secured more than 60 per cent of the votes,' Dr Yeung said. Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convenor of Power for Democracy - which spearheaded the election co-ordination efforts of the pro-democracy camp - said it was time for democrats to submit their views to the taskforce. Asked whether Mr Tsang would meet newly elected lawmakers, a spokesman said his office would send letters to all 60 lawmakers inviting them to submit written proposals for constitutional reform.