A war of words between the main rivals in the race for geographical constituency seats was declared yesterday. At the launch of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's election campaign, chairman Tsang Yok-sing described Democratic Party candidates as prophets of doom. 'They made hair-raising remarks during elections before the handover, asking people not to trust the Chinese Government's promise of 'one country, two systems',' he said. 'They said if democratic warriors like them were not elected, Hong Kong would be controlled by Beijing after the handover, and democracy, human rights, freedom and fair elections would also vanish. 'After some of them joined the Legislative Council, they did nothing constructive or concrete or helpful to electors' problems, but kept repeating their gloomy chorus.' Mr Tsang, a Kowloon West candidate, said his party was a force for stability. Lee Wing-tat of the Democratic Party said his party's fight would spotlight the DAB's role in the provisional legislature. 'With a part in the evil deeds of the provisional legislature, they have no leeway to escape blame,' Mr Lee said. 'They are helping Tung Chee-hwa harm society, such as with the adaptation of laws and the erosion of labour laws.' DAB New Territories East candidate Lau Kong-wah showed his party's rally a Democrats' poster offering work to people delivering election leaflets. 'Unlike those players who rely on mercenaries, we have no money, but volunteers,' Mr Lau declared. Democrat Andrew Cheng Kar-foo confirmed that people were being hired to deliver leaflets to households in public estates. 'We have been short of manpower, not because we are new to the community, but because the DAB has absorbed nearly all local mutual-aid committees,' he said. The cost of hiring people, at $25 to $30 an hour, would be counted as an election expense.