THE Hong Kong Progressive Alliance will not field any candidates in May's geographical elections. The pro-business, pro-Beijing party will field nine candidates for functional constituency and Election Committee seats. 'We have made a scientific assessment of the whole situation. We think we do not stand a good chance in the geographical polls,' the party vice-chairman, Carson Wen Ka-shuen, said yesterday. Provisional legislator and party chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, who will seek another term through the Election Committee, said the party needed time to develop its district network before contesting geographical polls. 'If we know we are going to lose, why don't we put all our efforts into the seats we believe we can win?' he said. Mr Lau did not think the decision would affect the party's public image. 'We have three electoral methods this time,' he said. 'Legislators returned by any of these methods will be representative and will face the public.' Mr Lau said three party branches would be set up in the New Territories and on Hong Kong Island soon. 'We will swim with the tide. As time goes on, we will modify our strategy in order to win as many seats as we can,' he said. Mr Lau added that he was confident of winning seats through the next geographical polls as the number of seats would be increased. Three party hopefuls who contested geographical seats in 1995 will run through either the functional constituencies or the Election Committee in May. 'I have not betrayed my voters. It is not important who elects you to the legislature, but to whom you are accountable,' said Choy So-yuk. Ms Choy lost to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming in Island East in 1995. Wong Siu-yee, defeated by Democrat Lau Chin-shek in Kowloon South in the 1995 vote, said: 'My target is to win. I don't think I am not capable of winning a geographical constituency seat, but my constituency, Kowloon West, has only three seats.' Tang Siu-tong, who lost out to Democrat Zachary Wong Wai-yin in New Territories Northwest in 1995 elections, said his party was still young. Ms Choy and Mr Tang were both sure they would later shift back to geographical constituencies in later polls, while Mr Wong said he had yet to decide.