Only candidates who support the provisional legislature should be allowed to run for election, according to Preparatory Committee member and Liberal Party leader Allen Lee Peng-fei. The proposal will be tabled at a committee sub-group meeting today on how the provisional legislature should be established. Mr Lee denied his suggestion was aimed at excluding the Democratic Party from the provisional body, which will replace the present Legislative Council when it is disbanded by China next year. The Democrats have described the provisional body as 'a monster' not allowed for in the Basic Law. Mr Lee said all candidates must pledge support for the legitimacy of the body before joining the poll. 'I'm not pointing a finger at the Democrats. I'm not suggesting putting it in black and white that they cannot be elected. What I am putting forward is an open-door proposal with objective criteria,' he said. Mr Lee said it would be up to the 400-member-strong Selection Committee, which will set up the legislature, to decide who to support. But he thought it would be problematic to allocate a quota of seats for present legislators. Party colleague Howard Young has proposed that at least 30 incumbent legislators should be directly transferred to the provisional legislature. Mr Lee said it would be difficult to 'screen' the 60 legislators.