Fair and open elections should be held as soon as possible after the handover, Deputy to the Governor Anson Chan Fang On-sang said yesterday. 'I think the community clearly wishes to see a credible legislature. We need a credible legislature to give confidence to the public. 'That will enable the future SAR government to operate effectively with the support of the public,' she said after chairing an Exco meeting. Mrs Chan, second-in-command in the Chris Patten administration, will serve in a similar position for future boss Tung Chee-hwa. Her remarks came on the eve of a Preparatory Committee plenum starting in Beijing tomorrow to endorse electoral arrangements for the first legislature. The plenum is to consider recommending the single-vote, multiple-seat system for the 1998 polls. Political parties say the system is intended to reduce their power. A government source said he did not think Mrs Chan's remarks were timed deliberately. 'We all recognised that the first legislature is a major issue. The SAR needs to do that with the support of the public and create an institution with credibility.' The Government has said the provisional legislature has no credibility and is unnecessary and unjustifiable. Mrs Chan said yesterday: 'I think our position on the provisional legislature you know very well. We also know it is the intention of the chief executive to put in place as soon as possible elections for the new legislature. 'And we must all hope that those elections will be conducted in a fair and open manner and will allow every spectrum of political opinion to be represented.' Mrs Chan was confident the public would have a chance to comment. 'I'm sure the chief executive's office will give careful consideration to the public's views.'