Most of the controversial amendments to alter a government bill on the first legislature election are likely to be voted down when it is tabled for approval today. The Liberal Party vowed to block any attempt to expand the size of some functional constituencies and create ones that departed significantly from the Legislative Council Bill. Vice-chairman Ronald Arculli said it would support amendments moved by the Government and the Bills Committee. They are all technical changes. He said: 'We don't see any major problem with the government bill.' Fourteen members will move amendments at a special sitting beginning at 9 am. It is expected to finish in the early hours. Officials were lobbying hard last night for members to withdraw amendments. One of the most controversial, moved by Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, seeks to allow groups such as kaifong associations to vote in the social welfare constituency. The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) announced it would join the Liberals to vote against Mr Chan. The association's Bruce Liu Sing-lee said Mr Chan's amendment tried to include too many groups not directly related to social welfare. 'In the long run, this functional constituency should include nobody but professionals,' he said. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yeung said he was confident that the major amendments would be defeated. 'There is no need for the Government to reintroduce any other amendments then,' he said. Eric Li Ka-cheung, convenor of the 'Breakfast Group', a coalition of independents, predicted that some of the controversial amendments might be passed. 'It is because some of our members have been under strong lobbying,' he said. An attempt by academic Ng Ching-fai to create a separate seat for higher education by combining insurance and financial services sectors into one is likely to be rejected. Mr Arculli said the Liberals opposed the amendment. But he denied it was because one Liberal, Chan Yim-kwong, was eyeing the insurance constituency. 'I don't think the Liberal Party will lose the seat even if the amendment is approved.' Also facing defeat are amendments by ADPL chairman Frederick Fung Kin-kee requiring all voters to have only one vote and changing the allocation of the quota for 12 foreign passport-holders.