The new deputies to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) may retain the right to vote in the legislative council elections even though they will be named after Friday's voter registration deadline, it emerged yesterday. Contrary to earlier remarks that the new deputies would not be eligible to vote, a government spokesman said they could get their names on the electoral roll if the revising officer's approval was obtained. The Legislative Council Ordinance allows the revising officer to decide on the inclusion, exclusion or correction of entries in the voter register. Permanent residents who are CPPCC deputies, now numbering 108, are entitled to ex-officio seats in the 800-member Election Committee which will return 10 legislators. Since the new batch of CPPCC deputies will not be named until the CPPCC Standing Committee meeting in Beijing late this month endorses the list, the new appointees will miss the registration deadline. The spokesman said the names of all eligible incumbents would be on the provisional register. But those not re-appointed for another five-year term would have their names struck off. The new appointees would be made voters following examination by the revising officer if the names are announced by February 28.