Sir Ti Liang was urged to resign immediately to maintain judicial independence after making his announcement that he would accept the chief executive nomination. 'It is important to give people the confidence that Hong Kong's Judiciary is independent,' said Democratic Party chairman and leading QC Martin Lee Chu-ming. Legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing, spokesman for the newly-formed political group The Frontier, said the Chief Justice should cut ties with the Judiciary. 'There will be a lot of uncertainty if he maintains the position,' she said. She said the nomination of the Chief Justice was just a political show from the Chinese authorities. Beijing had chosen Tung Chee-hwa to be chief executive, and was attempting to create the impression there was a truly competitive selection process. The Chief Justice said yesterday he would only make a decision on his job after his nomination was formally put forward. But Tam Yiu-chung, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said the impartiality of the Judiciary would not be affected if he remained in the post for the time being. Most Preparatory Committee members welcomed the Chief Justice's announcement. DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing said it was a good thing to have more candidates running for the post. He urged Sir Ti Liang to publicise his platform to the public and the Selection Committee. Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei, who supports shipping tycoon Mr Tung for chief executive, agreed the more candidates the better. Preparatory Committee member Lau Siu-kai said Sir Ti Liang's announcement could make the race 'hot' and arouse people's concern about the post.