Donald Tsang Yam-kuen should commit himself to a timetable on universal suffrage when he announces his intention to run for chief executive, according to a survey by the Democratic Party. Nearly 58 per cent of 603 questioned said the chief executive's platform should spell out a timetable for universal suffrage. About 16 per cent said this was not necessary, while 26 per cent had no particular view. The party survey was conducted in response to concerns that Mr Tsang, tipped to be Beijing's choice as the next chief executive, will not present a policy platform. The poll showed that 79 per cent wanted the candidate to attend public election forums and give an account of his vision and policies. The economy topped people's concerns, with 47 per cent saying it should take priority. Political reform came second at 27.2 per cent, followed by welfare policies at 17.6 per cent. Relations with Beijing scored just 7.8 per cent. Party legislator Yeung Sum said the findings showed the public wanted a decent election with public participation. 'They don't want a candidate handpicked by Beijing who then grabs most of the nominations and wins uncontested.' Dr Yeung said support for a timetable on universal suffrage confirmed that aspirations for democracy were still strong. Meanwhile, Mr Tsang yesterday toured the Northern District, a visit seen as an attempt to boost publicity ahead of a formal announcement to stand in the July polls. 'I enjoy talking to kaifongs in a casual manner like this to keep myself posted on bread-and-butter issues that are of concern to local residents,' Mr Tsang said before taking the West Rail back to the urban area.