Outspoken talk-show host Albert Cheng King-hon was yesterday challenged about his decision to seek a seat on the 800-member Election Committee. Ousted legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, said Cheng had left himself open to a conflict of interest by seeking one of the 10 seats allocated for the performing arts group. 'I am sorry to see him putting himself in such an embarrassing situation,' she said. 'He risks losing his credibility by joining a form of election he has always criticised,' Ms Lau added, referring to Cheng's criticisms of the new electoral system. 'If he uses such high standards in measuring others, I think he himself should measure up.' Ms Lau said she was concerned Cheng would not be able to host his talk show in as free a manner as he does now. Cheng, who hosts programmes for Commercial Radio and ATV, is known for his critical style. His co-host on the radio programme Teacup in a Storm, Lam Yuk-wah, has also signed up for the poll. Last night, Cheng said he had submitted his nomination after Lam came up with the idea. Cheng said he had never anticipated any controversy about his nomination. 'I have to say that I had not given it very deep thought,' he said. 'Now that I have done so, I don't think there's anything wrong with it.' He reiterated his opposition to 'small-circle elections', but said he would add to the liberal forces if he became a member. Cheng said Ms Lau was wrong to join the geographical election if her logic in criticising him was applied to her. 'If she can join the election, what is wrong with me seeking to become only an elector in the election? 'If she is opposed to this electoral system, why join the geographical election which only returns 20 of the 60 seats in the entire legislature?' He said he would not canvass support on his programme. 'But if the election infringes on my role as a talk-show host, I will not hesitate to quit the election.' Provisional legislator Ng Leung-sing said yesterday he would seek election to the first SAR legislature via the Election Committee. He praised the committee election for incorporating people from four major sectors. 'Some may say the geographical polls can represent the entire population. I do not think so. They only return legislators who are representative of a certain area,' Mr Ng said. 'Without belittling the geographical election, I would say the Election Committee is an alternative type of universal suffrage.'