ANTI-CORRUPTION laws will not apply to the elections of the Special Administrative Region's chief executive-designate, who will succeed the Governor in July 1997, and the provisional legislature, the Government said yesterday. The statement came from Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Nicholas Ng Wing-fui, when asked in the Legislative Council's Constitutional Affairs Committee about the elections' status. A selection committee, to be set up by the Preparatory Committee in the middle of next year, is to recommend or elect through nomination the first chief executive and the provisional legislature. Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong was worried the two elections could be corruptly manipulated if no electoral law was applicable. 'Corruption will be easy in such a small election,' he said. Mr Cheung said the Government was powerless to monitor the process. 'How can the Government ensure the whole election process is open, fair and clean?' he asked. Another Democratic legislator, James To Kun-sun, called on the Government to ask China to draft a law preventing vote-rigging. He also asked the Government to explain whether common law could be applied if no existing laws could monitor the polls. But Mr Ng said the Government would not interfere in what was the responsibility of the Chinese Government and the Preparatory Committee. No electoral laws could govern the work of the Preparatory Committee, he said. 'It is not a question of should or should not, but whether the laws can apply to that arrangement. They don't. So it's a question what the law says now,' he said.