A two-chamber legislature remains an option when moving towards full democracy, according to a government paper issued to the think-tank on universal suffrage. Members of the Committee on Governance and Political Development under the Commission on Strategic Development were yesterday issued with a paper before discussions on Friday on the future model for electing the legislature by universal suffrage. While abolishing the elite-based functional constituency seats remains one of the options, the paper said alternatives include converting functional constituency seats from trade-based to geographically based electorates. Another option is allowing functional constituencies to nominate candidates for election, with each voter having two votes, one in the direct election and one in the functional constituencies. The paper also pointed out there had been calls for a transitional arrangement to universal suffrage. One way was to turn the legislature into a bicameral system so the issue of functional constituencies could be dealt with gradually. Under the proposal, directly elected members and trade-based functional constituency members would form two separate chambers and perform different roles. The two-chamber system may also become the ultimate model rather than a transitional arrangement. The government said it did not have a position on the options.