Pan-democrats were out in force yesterday in a final attempt to rally the public for today's march to press the case for universal suffrage in 2012. Lawmakers began by handing out leaflets in Mong Kok, while about a dozen Democratic Party members also handed in a petition expressing a desire for full elections in 2012. The petition has around 10,000 signatures. Forums continued in Mong Kok during the afternoon, while about 30 members of the Civic Party walked 10km from Taikoo Shing to the central government's liaison office in Sheung Wan, saying this signified 10 years since the handover without full democracy. Civic Party members handed out leaflets, shouted slogans and stopped at various points along the road to get the public's attention. They urged people not to give up on universal suffrage in 2012, saying there was still time to persuade the authorities in Beijing to reach that decision. However, in response to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's political reform report, the Standing Committee for the National People's Congress stated on December 29 that the chief executive election in 2012 'shall not be implemented by the method of universal suffrage'. However, 'the election ... in the year 2017 may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage'. Mr Tsang said he believed the Standing Committee had set a clear timetable for democratic reform in Hong Kong, but pan-democrats question whether universal suffrage in 2017 has been guaranteed. They also question whether 'real democracy' can exist under the principles of universal suffrage if functional constituencies are maintained and candidates for chief executive are screened. Civic Party member Alan Leong Kah-kit was sceptical about the December 29 ruling in light of previous rulings by Beijing. 'Under these circumstances, how can we really believe there will be universal suffrage in 2017?' he said. Another party member, Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, said: 'As long as we are united, universal suffrage can come to Hong Kong sooner.' The march will leave from Victoria Park at 3pm today and end at government headquarters in Central. Arrangements have been made to accommodate 10,000 people. Also yesterday, Executive Councillor Laura Cha Shih May-lung and incumbent NPC deputy Carson Wen Ka-shuen submitted their nomination forms for the January 25 NPC elections, when 36 deputies will be elected.