Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan yesterday stepped up his soft-sell strategy on the political reform package and urged democrat lawmakers to compromise and accept the proposals. Likening himself to a salesman, Mr Hui said: 'You need to believe in your product ... Having played a part in designing the product, I know its merits.' The blueprint for the 2007-08 elections, among other things, gives the 529 district councillors all five extra functional constituency seats in an expanded legislature and seats on an expanded Election Committee that will choose the next chief executive. But Mr Hui - who said on Wednesday he would have to beg for votes in the Legislative Council to give him the required two-thirds backing for the proposals - would not say if it was up for bargaining. 'I don't see the need for changes to the major elements,' he said, instead urging democrat lawmakers to compromise. 'A certain degree of compromise is inevitable. I hope people will realise the difficulties in coming up with this package, which represents the best balance.' Addressing a Hong Kong Newspaper Society luncheon, Mr Hui hinted the package could not just cater for the demands of the 25 democrats but had to take into account pro-government lawmakers who might vote otherwise. He said the proposals had not come easily, as there were still sceptics in the business sector who valued prosperity more than democracy. A relatively relaxed political atmosphere had helped to contribute to a more progressive package acceptable to both Beijing and the conservative forces in Hong Kong, he said. Mr Hui said it was not for him to speak for Beijing on a timetable for universal suffrage, which many democrats had demanded before they could accept the package. He said it was important to first get on with studies on relevant issues, such as recruiting political talent and opening up political participation. He made it clear that appointed district councilors, who will form part of the Election Committee and return the five new Legco seats, are here to stay. 'We have to enhance balanced participation and maintain service quality at the district level,' he said. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said the district councils might become more politicised by playing a bigger role in polls. Appointed councillors would have a stabilising effect. The Civil Human Rights Front, which has organised the July 1 march over the past two years, said it would protest against the proposals. A dozen front members marched from the HSBC building in Central to government headquarters in protest at what they said were 'totally unacceptable' proposals. It will organise a rally on October 30 to repeat calls for universal suffrage for the 2007 chief executive and 2008 Legco elections.