HONG KONG'S last election under British rule attracted 61 contenders on the first day of the two-week nomination period. This is 13 more than stood for the 1991 Legislative Council, when only 39 seats were up for election. This time all 60 seats can be contested. Justice Woo Kwok-hing, chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, declined to speculate on how many candidates would sign up for the poll but hoped there would be at least two for each seat. 'It will be nice if all electors have a chance to cast their votes in the coming election,' he said. Thirty-one signed up for direct elections, 13 for the nine new functional constituencies, 15 for the old functional groups and only two for Election Committee seats. The most hotly contested seat for direct election is in the New Territories Northeast (Tai Po), where three people have been nominated so far. They are Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei, Cheung Hok-ming from the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, and Cheung Wing-fai from the Democratic Party. For the nine new functional constituencies, the most competitive is the eighth group, Financing, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services, where four people have registered already. Nominations for the September 17 elections will end on August 14.