Pan-democrat parties yesterday gave their clearest indication yet that they would reject any constitutional reform proposal 'recycled' from the one they rejected in 2005, even if a key element they considered undemocratic was scrapped. Ahead of the reform consultation to be launched before Christmas, they urged the government to increase power and resources for the 18 district councils and scrap the appointed seats that currently account for about a fifth of the 500 district seats. On Tuesday, executive councillor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung proposed that pan-democrats could consider an 'improved version' of the government proposal they rejected in 2005, in which all district councillors - including those appointed by the chief executive - would elect an additional five legislators in the district councils functional constituency. All district councillors would also get to vote in the chief executive election. Responding to his proposal, Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said her party had serious doubts about any proposals that would increase, rather than scrap, the 30 functional constituency seats in the 60-member legislature. 'Functional constituencies are tumours in Hong Kong's political system,' she said. Emily Lau Wai-hing, vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said that although her party rejected the 2005 proposal in part because it objected to giving the 102 appointed district councillors the vote, changing that alone would not be enough to secure the party's support today. 'Unless the government can tell the people how they are to have equal and universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive and 2020 Legco elections, any proposal recycled or not from 2005 will be rejected by the Democratic Party,' she said. Pan-democrats vetoed the 2005 proposal, saying it was undemocratic to add more functional constituency seats and include appointed district councillors in the election committee that chooses the chief executive. Professor Cheung's proposal sought to sidestep the controversy, by suggesting leaving appointed district councillors out of the election for the five additional functional seats, as well as that for seats on the election committee. Both Andrew To Kwan-hang, of the League of Social Democrats, and Leung Yau-fong of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, rejected Professor Cheung's plan. At a press conference called by the group Power for Democracy, activists called for an increase in the decision-making power of district councillors, raising their salaries and scrapping all non-elected members.