A veteran political analyst has predicted a disappointing turnout for next month's election. Professor Lau Siu-kai, of Chinese University, said the parties were unable to provide solutions to the recession. 'Hong Kong is afflicted with burning economic issues, but none of the parties contesting the election has been able to come up with good suggestions to resolve the economic problems,' he said, predicting a turnout rate lower than the 35.8 per cent in 1995. Professor Lau accused the now-disbanded Preparatory Committee, of which he was a senior member, of having crafted election methods that alienated people from politics. Without power to elect a government, only a watchdog legislature, voters would have less interest, he believed. 'Many people tend to blame the SAR Government, whose popularity is low, for installing an undemocratic electoral system,' Professor Lau said on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong. 'Chances are that a portion of the electorate will stay away from voting as a gesture of protesting against the Government. 'Despite the lingering mistrust of the Chinese Government, people are less worried about the loss of political freedoms and Beijing's interference.' Political images, which were appealing to voters, were losing their magic in a trend of declining trust in all political institutions and political actors, Professor Lau claimed.