Pan-democrats are planning to keep universal suffrage in the public spotlight over the coming months, with hopes of a large turnout for the July 1 rally calling for universal suffrage in 2012 for the chief executive and Legislative Council elections. The Democratic Party will meet today to discuss the possibility of holding more events as early as next week, while the Civic Party has printed leaflets to explain why functional constituencies must be abolished in order to achieve genuine universal suffrage. Lee Cheuk-yan said the Confederation of Trade Unions would also speak about suffrage issues in conjunction with livelihood issues, to stress how only genuine universal suffrage would enable people's livelihood concerns to be heard. 'We are also starting to discuss whether our May 1 [Labour Day] plans should also have a universal suffrage theme,' Mr Lee said. Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said educating the public was the first priority, since many did not understand how the functional constituencies institutionalised unfairness. 'Of course, most people do not belong to functional constituencies, they do not know how they work,' she said. Ms Eu said the party would try to visit schools and talk to different organisations about abolishing functional constituencies. Democrat Cheung Man-kwong said the party had also requested a face-to-face meeting with the chief secretary. 'We want to make it clear to him, there should be no repeat of 2005 [when the pan-democrats rejected a reform package], where it is all or nothing and lawmakers have no means to amend the package,' Mr Cheung said. The various pan-democrat groups will meet tomorrow to co-ordinate their programmes. Mr Lee said he was optimistic about their working relationship. 'We showed we could work very well over this issue during the Green Paper consultation,' he said, referring to pan-democrat efforts that resulted in a joint submission. 'I'm sure there will be another big turnout for the July 1 march this year.'