Hongkongers' views on how to achieve universal suffrage for the city's leader in 2017 must be heard despite pan-democratic vows to boycott the exercise, pro-establishment lawmakers say. Determined to prepare for the government's upcoming consultation on political reform, Beijing-loyalist groups such as the Federation of Trade Unions and the New People's Party will reactivate their steering groups, while the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong could organise forums and polls to gather public opinion. FTU lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin said the group was planning an extensive series of discussion sessions because they had to be accountable to residents. "We have to show our sincerity and we won't be doing anything just because some said they will veto the government's reform package," he added. On August 31, the national legislature ruled that while Hong Kong could pick its leader by "one person, one vote", only two or three candidates who secured at least half of a 1,200-strong nominating committee's support could run. The decision played a key role in triggering the Occupy protests in September, with activists saying it would deprive voters of a genuine choice of candidates. Pan-democrat lawmakers vowed to boycott the government's "meaningless" consultation exercise - which was expected to follow Beijing's ruling. But Wong suggested pan-democrats were being too pessimistic. "If a candidate appears to be too pro-business, even if he can win enough nominations, he will definitely lose in the public election," he argued. Wong believes discussion is needed to outline the details of the nominating and voting process. He said the FTU would assess the opinions of its 400,000 members - via a six-member task force that will soon be reactivated and which he will serve on - and come up with a proposal. DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung said his party had yet to decide on the details of its strategy, but was likely to include public forums and opinion surveys. However, not all pro-establishment parties will be holding forums. New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said she would mainly rely on "reactivating" her 11-strong study group of pro-establishment lawmakers and business leaders to come up with suggestions on electoral reform. She said her party had already held a series of discussion sessions with different sectors during the government's five-month consultation earlier this year. The study group, formed last December, came up with a proposal in April. Its members included the party's vice-chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun and three non-affiliated lawmakers - Martin Liao Cheung-kong, Chan Kin-por and Tony Tse Wai-chuen. "This upcoming consultation will mainly focus on the nominating process and procedural details, so we will discuss these topics," she said. Ip said she was aware all this could be in vain if pan-democrats insisted on vetoing the government's eventual reform package. But she said she still hoped at least five pan-democrats would change their minds, to give the package a two-thirds majority in the Legislative Council. "[I still believe] that universal suffrage would help to improve the mandate of the chief executive," she said. Wong added that he believed the majority of Hongkongers wanted to be able to vote in 2017, and that pan-democrats should take note of that. "They should know that it's stupid not to accept 'one man, one vote', because having millions vote is surely better than only having 1,200 voters," he said.