JAILED legislator Chim Pui-chung would be able to defend keeping his seat in the legislature - even from his cell - if a proposal being considered by his colleagues is approved. The Legislative Council Committee on Rules of Procedure yesterday held a closed-door meeting to discuss the rules and procedures on the implementation of Article 79 of the Basic Law. The article provides that Legco's president can declare a member to be disqualified if he has been sentenced for one month or more in prison and if councillors approved by a two-thirds majority a vote revoking his membership. Mr Chim was given three years' jail on August 1 after being convicted of plotting to commit forgery. Legislators will vote on a motion to disqualify him on September 9. Deputy chairman of the committee Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee said if Chim could attend that meeting, he, like other legislators, would be entitled to address the legislature. But even if he could not attend personally, the committee agreed that the president should be allowed to read out a written speech he submitted. At present, there is no provision allowing the president to do so. Miss Ng said the committee was also inclined to allow limited amendments to the motion and to allow such motions to be tabled by either government officials or legislators. The committee will continue its meeting on Monday to discuss whether the motion can be overturned and whether the requirement of separate voting applies to these motions. It will finalise its proposals on August 22.