The resignation of Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan in order to trigger a "de facto referendum" on political reform has been put back two months, to May. Meanwhile, a pan-democratic taskforce coordinating the by-election campaign is putting together a mission statement to explain the rationale and logistics of the plan to the public. A draft reads: "The political effect of the referendum … aims to seek public endorsement on the principle of universal suffrage." A resignation in May would still come before the legislature is due to vote on the government's reform package in summer, and the by-election itself was expected to be held after this vote. Only district councillors would be able to stand for election. Lawmaker Sin Chung-kai, who is in charge of the Democrats' election affairs, said the party wanted to see one of its district councillors win Ho's seat, although potential candidates had yet to be discussed. "We will … strive to fill the vacated seat with a Democratic Party district councillor … because the seat would have been vacated by a Democrat." As one of the five "super seat" lawmakers in the 70-seat Legislative Council, 3.2 million registered voters would be able to elect Ho's successor, a bigger mandate than that of the other functional and geographic seats. Ho, who announced the plan last month, had said he would likely resign as early as March to benefit from the momentum of the 79-day Occupy movement. However, Sin said yesterday that May would be the earliest timing as pan-democratic groups had to work out a memorandum of cooperation and party members would need to approve the resignation plan in a general meeting.