EC expresses concern at delay in consultation on full democracy The European Commission is concerned that the Hong Kong government has postponed its consultation on the introduction of full democracy, although it supports Beijing's decision to allow universal suffrage as early as 2017. 'The commission continues to express support for early progress towards this goal [of universal suffrage] and is concerned by the recently announced delay in the preparation of the necessary reforms of the electoral system,' the commission said in a statement on publication of its annual report on Hong Kong yesterday. It noted that last year EU member states had issued a statement of concern on universal suffrage in Hong Kong. However, the report noted that in general, the implementation of the 'one country, two systems' concept 'continues to be satisfactory, upholding Hong Kong's way of life; the rule of law and fundamental freedoms'. A government spokesman said they would consult the public on the electoral methods for the chief executive and Legco in 2012 in the fourth quarter of this year. This could lay a solid foundation for attaining universal suffrage for electing the chief executive in 2017 and legislature in 2020. H5N1 confirmed in second chicken Tests confirmed that a dead chicken found in Tung Ping Chau was carrying the H5N1 bird flu virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The badly decomposed carcass was found in the sea off Kang Lau Shek on March 2. The department announced on March 6 that another dead chicken found at the same location was also carrying the virus. Stores plan voucher scheme Major retailers are planning a new drive to encourage spending. Liberal Party vice-chairman Vincent Fang Kang said he was lining up retailers to hand out 10,000 discount voucher packs worth HK$1,000 each to coincide with Mothers' Day in May.