Appointed seats should be reintroduced to municipal and district bodies, according to a proposal by officials. The issue will be raised in a consultation paper on the future of district organisations, to be released for a two-month consultation next month. A senior government source - citing the Basic Law's provisions on district organisations, which do not specify a method of formation - said: 'They do not necessarily have to be fully constituted by elections.' Article 97 says district organisations are not organs of political power. They may be consulted by the Government on district administration or be responsible for providing services in such fields as culture, recreation and sanitation. The source said: 'Under the Basic Law, the functions of these bodies are not political, but functional. It's thus hard to say whether the members must all be elected.' Appointed seats on municipal councils and district boards, scrapped before last year, were re-introduced in the provisional, municipal and district boards set up after the handover. Democratic Party provisional regional councillor Lee Wing-tat said: 'We will definitely oppose it. It only serves to put an additional check on the democratic camp and shows they don't want to see full democracy.' The consultation's findings will be submitted to Tung Chee-hwa for a decision to be announced in his policy address in October.