TWO private member's bills seeking to increase grassroots representation on the Housing Authority stand a good chance of being passed. The bills, proposed by the Democratic Party's Lee Wing-tat and the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood's Bruce Liu Sing-lee, have already won support from at least 26 legislators. Both said they would lobby hard before voting on the bills at Wednesday's Legco sitting for support from independents who had yet to decide their position. It is understood the Government has also lobbied hard on the issue. A source said Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah had had lunch meetings with all political parties and independents in the last few months, asking them to support the Government. The bills, the Housing (Amendment) Bill and Housing (Amendment) No 2 Bill, differ slightly but aim to introduce more accountability and openness into the authority. Mr Lee's bill is intended to give Legco the final say on members appointed by the Governor, while Mr Liu is trying to empower the 18 district boards each to elect a member to the authority and Legco to elect six. If both bills are passed on Wednesday, the Governor will have to decide which one should be adopted. The authority would have to be disbanded under Mr Liu's proposal, but Mr Lee's bill says members would stay until their terms expired. The bills, if successful, would also have a long-term effect on the appointments system for about 300 other statutory and advisory bodies. The Housing Branch has said they are a challenge to the executive-led political system. At present, Mr Liu's proposal has secured 26 votes - 19 from the Democratic Party, four from the ADPL, and those of Frontier legislators Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Yiu-chung, and 123 Democratic Alliance's Yum Sin-ling. Mr Lee has won the support of another Frontier legislator, Emily Lau Wai-hing. Three independents - Lee Kai-ming, Christine Loh Kung-wai and Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien - remain undecided. 'The authority has always been filled with those from the business and professional sector, and grassroots representatives have been ignored. I hope the bills can be passed and provide a fundamental change to housing policy,' he said.