Public jockeying for the first election began yesterday when provisional legislators Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun and Charles Yeung Chun-kam clashed. Both are interested in running for election through the textiles and garment functional constituency. Mr Yeung, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, was accused by his colleague of trying to manipulate the election by seeking individual votes for the Hong Kong General Chamber of Textiles. The 500-strong chamber was set up by Mr Yeung in June and does not fulfil the 12-month requirement for the right to vote. The administration agreed to give the group one corporate vote. At the electoral bills committee Mr Yeung described the Government's decision as 'problematic' and worried that the association might not be able to gain back individual votes in future. Mrs Leung, however, defended the Government's move as maintaining the fairness of the election. 'I understand Mr Yeung's concerns but unfortunately his association cannot be included in time. 'We should view the issue from the angle of keeping the election fair. If we give out an impression that we want to grasp seats or manipulate the election, how can we explain to the public or the industry?' Mrs Leung said. Mr Yeung warned Mrs Leung not to mislead the public into thinking someone was trying to manipulate the election. But Mrs Leung said she was only fighting for the well-being of the industry. 'I am very confident that I will run for election in 1998 through this functional constituency and am very confident that I'll win. 'I don't want others to say then as someone who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, I said nothing even when I saw [manipulation],' Mrs Leung said. Both Mr Yeung and Mrs Leung are understood to be interested in running for next year's election through the textiles and garment functional constituency. It has about 4,500 members and the Textile Council of Hong Kong, which has about 1,500 corporate votes, is understood to support Mrs Leung. Meanwhile, Mr Yeung suffered another setback when the administration only agreed to give the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel, of which Mr Yeung's brother is chairman, one corporate vote, not 496 members' votes.