If there are no more nominations in the next two days, the 800-member Election Committee will have only 598 members. It was revealed yesterday that no candidates had signed up for the 31 seats allocated to the Federation of Employers and health services. Nominations close tomorrow. Twenty-two subsectors do not have enough candidates to fill the seats allocated to them. Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing said the nomination figures, which reached 611 yesterday, were 'acceptably good'. He rejected criticisms that the nomination procedure was too complicated or the nomination period too short. Nomination forms were designed for the convenience of candidates. It was not possible to extend the nomination period due to the tight election schedule, Mr Justice Woo said. 'For those who complain that they were too busy, please put in more effort and time if you want to be a candidate. It is not an easy thing to serve the people,' he said. He disagreed the credibility of the election would be hurt if many subsector seats were uncontested. 'There is nothing wrong with it. We may even save some money. If everybody agrees that there is no need to contest, it's their own choice and it's not a bad thing,' said Mr Justice Woo. The subsector election, on April 2, is supposed to return 674 members of the 800-strong body, which will choose 10 legislators on May 24. Eighty-six places have been allocated to provisional legislators and National People's Congress delegates as ex-officio seats and 40 to the religious sector, which nominates its own representatives. Ms Justice Woo said some religious groups had chosen nominees but had not put forward their names. He believed there was no need to hold by-elections if the 800 seats were not filled, noting that there was no such provision in the Legislative Council Ordinance. Asked whether this would contravene the Basic Law, which says the committee must comprise 800 people, Mr Justice Woo said: 'The final interpretation of the Basic Law rests with Beijing. 'If you ask me how it should be interpreted, I do not know. I am a lawyer with British training,' he said.