REACTION Proportional representation is unlikely to encourage equal participation by political parties, former legislative council president Andrew Wong Wang-fat says. 'The proportional representation system adopted by the Executive Council is not necessarily the best,' he said. 'Given the fact that we have already got 30 functional seats, the 'single-seat, single-vote' system may not be a bad choice to promote equal participation.' Mr Wong, an academic specialising in constitutional affairs, is considering tabling an amendment to the geographical electoral method. He said other variables in proportional representation, such as the single transferable vote system, should also be considered. At yesterday's briefing, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Nicholas Ng Wing-fui said only that the amendments had to follow the Basic Law. He did not say whether the limits set by the Preparatory Committee - that the geographical polls would have to adopt either the 'multi-seat, single-vote' system or proportional representation system - had to be followed. Frederick Fung Kin-kee of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood vowed to table an amendment to restore the 'single-seat, single-vote' system. However, Allen Lee Peng-fei of the Liberal Party welcomed the adoption of proportional representation. He hailed the system as fair, noting the number of seats each party won would be equal to the percentage of votes it got. 'If Hong Kong is to progress along the path of direct elections in the long term, the system would allow us to absorb solid experience of how elections are run,' he said. Mr Lee also pledged support for the nine new functional seats. The party, which largely represents business sector interests, rejected criticism the new seats favoured business. 'The addition of one labour seat, on top of the original two, would balance it out. It seems fair,' he claimed. Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong also pledged support. 'I believe nobody will support attempts to amend the proportional representation system. 'What we need to do now is to concentrate on legislating for the election,' he said. Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen of Hong Kong Progressive Alliance said neither electoral system would affect his party.