The Civic Party is willing to consider a “genuine” proposal from the government on electing the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017 without waiting to see its plans for the 2020 Legco election. The party’s leader, Alan Leong Kah-kit, said on Thursday that “if [the government] puts forth a genuine universal suffrage proposal for the chief executive election, I can’t see any reason for legislators to veto it.” This is despite the pan-democrats’ call for the government to set out the methods for universal suffrage of the 2017 chief executive and 2020 Legco polls together. “If the chief executive can be elected by genuine universal suffrage in 2017, I believe Legco universal suffrage would not be far away,” Leong added. He said “genuine” universal suffrage meant ensuring a low nomination threshold, the right for all the city’s registered electors to vote, and the people’s right to nominate others and stand for election themselves. Leong’s remarks come days after Ming Pao reported Legco head Jasper Tsang Yok-sing as saying he would “bag as much as is offered” if he were a pan-democrat deciding whether to consider a proposal for reform of the chief executive election. Tsang, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it would not be wise for the pan-democrats to veto a chief executive election proposal because they had yet to see a complete plan by the government for the 2016 and 2020 Legco elections.