Once Hong Kong achieves universal suffrage to pick its chief executive, the election candidates should be chosen collectively by the nominating committee, contends a Basic Law Committee member. Lau Nai-keung said he understood that, under the mini-constitution, the nominating committee should operate differently from the Election Committee which chose the first three chief executives. Under current practice, any candidate who secures 100 nominations from the 800 Election Committee members is eligible to stand for election. 'The nomination for chief executive candidates by the nominating committee is not individual behaviour by individual committee members. Instead, it's a collective behaviour by the committee' he said.