Political heavyweights are seeking to drown out voices of locally based contestants in the fierce fight for New Territories West. Five seats in the most populated and largest constituency are up for grabs for at least 27 candidates on 11 tickets, most of whom are untested. Democrats Lee Wing-tat, Albert Ho Chun-yan, Albert Chan Wai-yip and Zachary Wong Wai-yin were elected in the region in the 1995 legislative council polls. With Sin Chung-kai, who is now contesting the information technology functional constituency, the Democratic Party won all five seats in the area with 62 per cent of the vote. Unionists Tam Yiu-chung and Lee Cheuk-yan are two household names on the rise, potential intruders into the spheres of local community leaders, whose support is likely to melt away. 'Voters are hesitant to cast their ballots to those likely to lose,' said Lee Wing-tat, who heads the Democrats' list. The Democrats will raise election issues directly related to their key players and play down others. 'An intense fight between rivals will capture the attention of electors who want to see their votes decisive to the results,' Lee Wing-tat said. The Democrats are confident of securing two seats, and hope to win a third by drawing votes from locally based leaders. They are Yim Tin-sang based in Tuen Mun, Leung Yiu-chung in Kwai Chung, Ting Yin-wah in Tsing Yi, Leung Kwong-cheong in Kwai Tsing and David Yeung Fuk-kwong in Tsuen Wan. 'My strategy is to strengthen my stronghold in Tuen Mun and try the uncharted Tin Shui Wai,' said Mr Yim. Mr Yim and Mr Ting returned a total of 31,000 votes in the 1995 contest. Mr Tam, formerly the vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, considers his role as an Executive Councillor to be an asset. 'Sitting on Exco enables a better understanding of government policies, unlike other legislators who need to be informed by officials,' he said. But his opponent, Lee Cheuk-yan, said what Mr Tam thought an asset would be a liability. 'Mr Tam has been too close to power. This will inevitably water down his image as a unionist,' he said.