Xinhua was yesterday urged to clarify its position regarding the Legislative Council election after claims were made that it had asked an Information Technology constituency candidate not to stand. Professor Edward Yung Kai-ning, head of City University's electronic engineering department and a Hong Kong Progressive Alliance (HKPA) member, said that 'a friend' had asked him not to stand in the forthcoming election. 'It is not surprising for some third party to use Xinhua's name to ask me not to run for the seat,' he said when handing in his nomination papers yesterday. He said he did not believe the request had really come from Xinhua. 'There is no reason Xinhua would object to my election bid,' he said. It is believed his participation would undermine the chances of another pro-mainland candidate, John Tse Si-yin, deputy director of the Hospital Authority. Professor Yung said: 'Neither the central Government, the HKPA, nor Xinhua have ever asked me to quit the election. 'Indeed, the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance requested that I do not quit the election under any circumstance,' he said. Mr Tse denied he had approached Xinhua, noting that Professor Yung's withdrawal would not necessarily enhance his chances of victory. Responding to the reports, Democratic Party vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum said there was a need for Xinhua to clarify its role to the public of Hong Kong. Dr Yeung said earlier reports of Xinhua attempting to allocate the 10 seats reserved for the 800-member Election Committee were equally worrying. The reports said the mainland body had proposed the allocation of two seats for each of the three major parties, the HKPA, Liberal Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong. The remaining four seats would, the report surmised, go to provisional legislature president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, members Ma Fung-kwok, Ng Leung-sing and Lo Suk-ching. Mrs Fan denied she had asked Xinhua for assistance.