Democracy is set to be the focus of the liberal camp's platform, while the pro-Beijing parties concentrate on livelihood issues. The Democratic Party said its views and those of its rivals on social and economic policy issues were similar, so 'integrity and character' would be crucial. Lee Wing-tat, the party's top candidate in the New Territories West constituency, said: 'We want to show our constituents we have not shifted ground. We are firm on our principles and voters can place their trust in us. 'We have not compromised over issues such as democracy and human rights.' In its election platform released last week, the party called for universal suffrage to Legco from 2000 and for the second chief executive in 2002. Mr Lee said: 'On the surface, people's livelihood is the top election issue. But as a voter, it will be difficult to differentiate between what the parties are asking for. Ultimately, it's their attitude towards the Tung administration - whether it has done a good job. 'We position ourselves as the opposition to Tung. If more people are not happy with Tung, we will have an advantage,' he said. The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan, who is ranked second on the group's New Territories East ticket, said she aimed to convey the message that livelihood issues could not be divided from democratisation. 'Tung Chee-hwa has always tried to shift society's focus to livelihood matters, but in fact the people can only have a say in the policy-making of the Government by taking part in elections.' The group wants a wholly elected legislature and universal suffrage for the chief executive as soon as possible. Contrary to its liberal rivals, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong will concentrate on livelihood issues. Its secretary-general Ma Lik believed the main battlefield would be on bread-and-butter issues for the grassroots sector, which traditionally has a high turn-out in elections. 'We will stick to our identity as a grassroots political party,' he said, citing public housing as one of the issues. Mr Ma said the importance of politics would be watered down by the fact that the mainland had kept its hands off SAR affairs since the handover. Ada Wong Ying-kay, who re-joined the Liberal Party recently, is finalising its election platform. A source said the party would stick to its position as valuing economic development and livelihood improvements with orientation towards the middle class.