Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday said he was confident the Democratic Party would get at least 12 seats in the first SAR legislative council elections. Speaking at the office he will soon have to leave, Mr Lee said the Democrats were eyeing at least 10 seats in geographical and two in functional constituencies in the poll, expected to be held next May. Of 19 Democrats thrown off the through-train, Cheung Man-kwong in the teachers' sector and Michael Ho Mun-ka, in the nurses' are expected to retain their seats. Mr Lee also believed Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the former legal profession legislator, would keep her seat. He expected no seats for the Democrats on the 10 seats chosen by the 800-member Election Committee (EC). 'The EC will be similar to the [Selection Committee] which chose Tung Chee-hwa as well as the 60 provisional legislators because these people were chosen by Beijing carefully. So the 10 seats will be completely gone,' he said. Mr Lee said the central and SAR governments would prevent the Democrats from winning a majority of seats through the choice of electoral arrangements. 'The fairer [the electoral methods] are, the more seats we will have. The more democratic they are, the bigger majority we will get. They know that, and that is why they will do everything within their power to make that quite impossible,' he said. Proportional representation for the geographical constituencies was not fair, Mr Lee said. '[The SAR Government] is just looking at the 20 seats and saying they are making it even more democratic. I will tell you that they lie, they are not a bit [democratic],' he said. Mr Lee also warned of the 'Singaporisation' of electoral arrangements. 'When the central Government controls the first legislature as they do, they control it forever if they want it . . . like Singapore, they are able to reduce the opposition easily by changing the electoral laws. I hope we do not have a 'Singaporisation' of Hong Kong,' he said.