DESPITE the protests and the rain, there was still a scramble to hand in applications at the Preparatory Committee's Central offices. David Chan Yuk-cheung, who is leading protests in the Diaoyu Islands dispute, said he had had other matters on his mind. 'I didn't mean to hand in the form so late, but I've been very busy with demonstrations,' he said. Cheung Kit-fung, 47, wife of sacked ICAC deputy director Alex Tsui Ka-kit, said she had had a long discussion with her husband before she decided to stand for the Selection Committee. 'I could not let someone who is not familiar with Hong Kong rule it,' she said. But her husband would not be joining the race. 'He is too busy,' Ms Cheung said. Edmund Leung Kwong-ho, the representative of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, who was first to collect a form when nominations began last month, was among the 800 people to hand in forms yesterday. Many nominees forgot to bring a photocopy of their ID cards. Some were not even sure about the criteria for qualification. Hui Shui-chi, 64, who moved to the territory from the mainland a year ago could not believe he could not take part in the race. 'I am very familiar with Hong Kong issues and I am very enthusiastic . . . why I can't join the committee?' he said. The last candidate to hand in the form did so at 1.30 pm, 30 minutes after the deadline. 'I was delayed by the noisy protesters,' said Chow Wai-hung, who will run in the grassroots sector.