A Preparatory Committee sub-group yesterday dropped a decision to recommend only the single-vote, multiple-seat system for the first post-handover geographical polls. Instead it will present next week's committee plenum with 'an account of its discussion', outlining all the views raised. The sub-group had been under pressure from Tung Chee-hwa to give the SAR government flexibility on electoral systems. It appeared to ignore his wishes on Wednesday when announcing it would recommend only the multiple-seat method. But after yesterday's meeting, co-convenor Professor Lau Siu-kai said the report would say that although the multiple-seat system was the mainstream idea, proportional representation was backed by a few members. He declined to say why the group had changed its mind. 'Given the fact many of our members have either failed to attend the meeting or have not spoken their views during the discussion, we think it would be better to record our discussion instead of presenting a view of the sub-group,' said Professor Lau. The decision not to go ahead with the recommendation was made after discussion with mainland co-convenor Xu Chongde. On the nine new functional constituency seats, the sub-group will give the committee three options - less than 15 sectors to choose from; 15 sectors; and more than 15. Professor Lau said the plenum, to be held next Thursday and Friday, would be able to overturn the sub-group's preference for the 'multiple-seat, single-vote' system if there was strong support for proportional representation. He refused to speculate whether the Chief Executive-designate's membership of the plenum would have a significant influence. Mr Tung's office is reported to favour the proportional representation system. Officials from Xinhua and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office yesterday sought to play down the significance of their dispute on Wednesday over who should be given the nine new functional seats. Xinhua deputy director Qin Wenjun and counterpart Wang Fengchao told sub-group members there was no discord over the deletion of the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association.