Hong Kong people could choose the chief executive by one person, one vote from two candidates named by a nominating committee in 2017, under a proposal suggested by the Basic Law Institute. The proposal is among those being submitted to the Commission on Strategic Development, which met yesterday. Speaking after the commission meeting, institute chairman Alan Hoo said universal suffrage for the chief executive should be implemented in a gradual manner and changes to the chief executive election should only be introduced in 2017. Under the proposal, candidates would have to secure at least 50 nominations, instead of the current 100, from a 800-member nominating committee before they qualify to stand in the chief executive poll. The two candidates securing the highest number of votes would then be nominated by the committee as the formal candidates for election by universal suffrage. Mr Hoo said such a preliminary election could fulfil the Basic Law requirement covering democratic procedures. For the 30 functional constituency seats, Hong Kong people could choose 10 legislators by one person, one vote from a pool of candidates nominated by the sectors in 2012, then 20 lawmakers in 2016 and all 30 in 2020. Commission on Strategic Development member and Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat, who supports the model presented by the 21 legislators from the democratic camp, said after the meeting the greatest achievement yesterday was that there was no mention of their proposal as violating the Basic Law. Under the proposal, the 800-member Election Committee would be expanded by adding the 400 elected district councillors and turned into a 1,200-member nomination committee. A candidate for chief executive would need 50 nominations. For the legislature, pan-democrats propose returning half the seats by direct election in single-seat constituencies, and the other half by proportional representation.