A political group has called for Hong Kong's National People Congress representatives to be elected by universal suffrage. Power for Democracy suggested the 36 delegates, who will face re-election next year, should be directly elected using the Legislative Council election model of having five geographic constituencies. Group convenor Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong said the current method of selecting the representatives was 'an extremely small-circle election'. They are currently elected by about 900 members, with the 800-member Election Committee that picks the chief executive making up the majority. 'If [the representatives] are in Beijing claiming to represent Hong Kong, then we hope they can be elected based on universal suffrage.' Mr Tsoi said there was no institutional barrier to changing the electoral model for the NPC delegates because new electoral arrangements were always promulgated during the NPC meeting a year before the election. It is expected that next year's election arrangements will be announced during the NPC meeting next month. Deputy convenor Joseph Cheng Yu-shek admitted 'resistance [to change] is very big', but he said it was important because having directly elected delegates would allow Beijing to have a more solid foundation for gauging the views of Hong Kong people. Mr Cheng said under the current arrangements there was little chance that a candidate from pan-democracy camp would be elected. Several have run in previous years without success. 'Even if you look at the leftist camp, more moderate candidates such as [optometrist] Dennis Lam [Shun-chiu] have failed to get elected,' he said. The group had detailed its proposals in a January 3 letter to Gao Siren, director of the central government's liaison office. So far, they have not received a reply.