Other hopefuls still planning to run
With a contest between two prominent former government officials expected in the Legislative Council by-election, other hopefuls are still attempting to join the field.
In the government-friendly camp, Christopher Chung Shu-kun of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is seeking his party's support to run.
Mr Chung refused to comment on the likelihood of former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's anticipated candidacy. But he said the DAB should strive to win the seat left vacant by the death of party chairman Ma Lik. Young DAB chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan is also seeking to run.
The League of Social Democrats yesterday formally endorsed its vice-chairman and former lawmaker Lo Wing-lok to take part in the preliminary selection process for the pan-democratic camp. He said he had doubts over what Mrs Chan meant by saying that she would 'respect' the camp's mechanism, and urged her to make clear her intentions.
Barrister Lee Wing-kin, who made a failed attempt to run in the chief executive election in March, said he was considering standing in the by-election. He had obtained some supporters' signatures but had yet to secure the 100 nominations required for the candidacy.
The Democratic Party's central committee last night confirmed Central and Western district councillor Kam Nai-wai's withdrawal from the race and support for Mrs Chan.