The Civic Party has begun liaising with its allies on whether the pan-democrats should field a candidate to run for the next chief executive election, the party's leader Alan Leong Kah-kit says. The lawmaker said a decision would depend on whether the pan-democrats could sort out the 'meaning' of running for the top job and agree on the abolition of functional constituencies. 'Figuring out the theme of the pan-democrats' campaign is of the utmost importance; who to send came only second,' said Leong, who lost the 2007 chief executive election to Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. 'It seems our campaign could be centred on the abolition of functional constituencies and the privileged class, as it is not feasible for the democrats to call for dual universal suffrage after June 25.' He was referring to the Democratic Party's decision to part ways with the pan-democrats on June 25 last year, after it gave eight pivotal votes to the passage of the government's electoral reform package. 'I have been proactively liaising with the other pan-democratic parties to forge a consensus,' he said. 'Although it takes time to nurture a discourse for a campaign, we need it as soon as possible to give a hope of democracy to the voters.' When asked if he would represent the pan-democrats in the March 2012 election, he replied: 'It depends on who can most thoroughly bring out the message of the campaign.' The Democrats' vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai said the party would begin its own discussion on the matter in May or June. 'Leong's suggested meaning on the abolition of functional constituencies is necessary, but it seems insufficient.'