The provisional legislature should not sit for more than a year, according to proposals to be tabled by the Preparatory Committee at its meeting on Saturday. The package, put forward by the now-disbanded Preliminary Working Committee, was accepted by the Preparatory Committee's sub-group yesterday. The proposals cover the criteria for members and the scope of the legislature's operation. A sub-group member said last night that details of other issues, including how the members should be chosen, had yet to be discussed. According to another member, Eric Li Ka-cheung, incumbent legislators should be given priority as candidates for seats on the provisional legislature. Mr Li said the provisional legislature should recruit as many incumbent legislators as it could to maintain the diversity of political opinion. The legislature should not expel any 'dissidents' or elected legislators on the basis of their politics, he said. According to his proposal, legislators who intended to serve the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and who showed allegiance to the Basic Law would be exempt from nomination and would automatically become candidates. But legislators can win seats only if they are supported by at least half of the 400 members of the Selection Committee - which will choose the provisional legislature and the chief executive. Mr Li said his proposal would increase the credibility of the provisional legislature and allow members of the Democratic Party to join. 'I believe some of them will very likely be able to stay in office if the proposal is accepted, because they have a certain representation in the community,' he said. But he could not help it if legislators did not fit the requirement of upholding the Basic Law and swearing allegiance to the SAR.