About 18,000 people - some as young as 11 - will have the chance to air their views on universal suffrage in a mock referendum to be held alongside the protest march on July 1, organisers said yesterday. The Civil Human Rights Front hopes the exercise will pave the way for a full-scale referendum in future. Some members hope it will renew pressure on the government and Beijing to reconsider allowing universal suffrage for the chief executive in 2007 and the entire legislature 2008. 'We hope to tell the government and Beijing once again our aspirations for universal suffrage,' said front member Gary Fan Kwok-wai. It will be the first opportunity for Hong Kong people to voice their views in a large-scale mock referendum. Permanent residents aged 18 or over can obtain two ballot papers by showing their identity cards to organisers at Victoria Park. They can accept or reject universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008. Those aged between 11 and 17 or who are not permanent residents can express their preferences in provisional ballots. The group's convenor, Chong Yiu-kwong, said: 'We hope the people of Hong Kong can exercise their civil rights in this mock referendum.' Although activists are confident that more than 50,000 people will join the march, they have prepared enough ballots only for 18,000 people because of limited staff and resources. Referendum spokeswoman Ivy Chan Siu-ping urged those joining the march to arrive earlier to cast their votes. The ballot would last for six hours and the results would be available by the evening. Legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung, who is pushing for an official referendum with a private member's bill, said: 'The mock exercise can demonstrate to the public that a referendum is not something to be afraid of.'