Lau Chin-shek was last night chosen to head the Democratic Party election list in the Kowloon West constituency, despite an earlier decision by members to put him in third place. The decision was taken at a three-hour meeting by 30 central committee members to finalise the team for the geographical poll. Vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum said the leadership had decided to name the veteran unionist to face rivals including Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing and Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood head Frederick Fung Kin-kee. It is one of the three geographical seats where members' decisions at the December 14 extraordinary general meeting were not adhered to. Mr Lau came third with 116 votes, beaten by James To Kun-sun and Eric Wong Chung-ki. In the NT West seat, the members' second favourite, Lee Wing-tat, will now top the list. He swapped places with Albert Ho Chun-yan. The major change was Albert Chan Wai-yip, whose chances of election are slim after his move from third to fourth. Third position went to Zachary Wong Wai-yin. Mr Chan was criticised by the party for damaging its image because of his row with vice-chairman Dr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung over the candidacy for the National People's Congress selection. Dr Yeung said the order was decided after a vote and a two-minute introduction by each candidate. 'We think Lau Chin-shek is more popular. Also, unemployment and labour issues are quite hot. All three candidates agreed to a change of the order,' he said. Mr To said he agreed Mr Lau had a higher chance of winning. There was no change to the order of candidates in the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon East constituencies. Chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said he hoped the party would win 15 seats. The party has raised $2.5 million for polling and will give each geographical seat candidate $250,000. It is understood Mr Lau trailed Mr To by a few percentage points when the party polled voters about potential runners. The possible poll conflict between the Democrats and the Confederation of Trade Unions, which Mr Lau heads, led to dissatisfaction with Mr Lau in some quarters. He will back fellow union leader Lee Cheuk-yan, who is set to run in New Territories West under the banner of The Frontier against the Democrats. THE LINE-UP Hong Kong Island: Martin Lee Chu-ming, Dr Yeung Sum, Yuen Bun-keung, Tsang Kin-shing. Kowloon East: Szeto Wah, Fred Li Wah-ming, Mak Hoi-wah. Kowloon West: Lau Chin-shek, James To Kun-sun, Eric Wong Chung-ki. NT East: Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, Wong Shing-chi, John Tse Wing-ling, Lam Wing-yin, Ho Suk-ping. NT West: Lee Wing-tat, Albert Ho Chun-yan, Zachary Wong Wai-yin, Albert Chan Wai-yip, Josephine Chan Shue-ying.