Consultations on the election of the first legislature had not been dominated by pro-Beijing groups, a spokesman for the Preparatory Committee secretariat said yesterday. Fei Fih, deputy head of the Hong Kong secretariat, said submissions had come from a wide spectrum. 'Many of them come from individual members of the public as well as political parties,' said Ms Fei. In all, the office received 961 submissions from the public and there might be a few more in the next few days, she said. But Professor Lau Siu-kai, convenor of the Preparatory Committee's first legislature sub-group, said the democratic camp and the Government had played things low-key, giving the views of pro-Beijing groups more prominence. He said preliminary results indicated the multi-seat, single-vote system was the preferred option for the 20 directly elected seats in the first legislature. The Frontier faxed submissions from almost 500 people to the committee before consultations closed on Monday, advocating that 60 legco seats be filled by direct election. 'The best way to protect Hong Kong people's interest is to abolish indirect elections and functional constituency elections, which are not democratic,' The Frontier said.