Two Selection Committee applicants from the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood might have been disqualified because of an administrative oversight, it emerged yesterday. The two were thrown out this month because Beijing assumed they would vote against the provisional legislature. But association chairman Frederick Fung Kin-kee said yesterday the two had intended to abstain. He said Preparatory Committee deputy secretary-general Shiu Sin-por had told him Eric Wong Chung-ki and Grace Au Yuk-har had not been asked how they would vote before being disqualified because 'time was running out'. 'He told us the secretariat needed to screen over 5,000 names within a short time to hand them to the chairmen's meeting,' he added. Mr Fung also quoted Mr Shiu as saying most of the screening was done in Beijing which made it difficult for the secretariat to contact its members. But he criticised the disqualification as 'spiritual censorship' with no legal basis. Mr Wong said last night: 'I have stated I am willing to fulfil the duties of a Selection Committee member.'