Retaining Legislative Council seats for municipal councils after the latter were scrapped could breach the Basic Law, it was suggested yesterday. Legislators cast doubt on the legal basis for keeping the two seats until June 30 next year, when the term of the legislature ends, despite the fact the municipal councils will be abolished at the end of this year. 'There should be just 28 functional constituency seats left [after the municipal councils are scrapped],' Ronald Arculli of the Liberal Party said at a bills committee meeting on the Legco (Amendment) Bill. 'Does that violate the Basic Law, which says 30 seats should be returned by functional constituencies? It will be a big problem if the arrangement is not in line with it,' he said. Democrat Dr Yeung Sum questioned the justification for keeping the two council seats when the connection between the legislators and their constituencies had been totally lost. 'In what capacity will the two legislators sit on the legislature? Has the Government asked the National People's Congress before deciding to retain these two seats?' Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier said: 'It is so strange. What is the point of allowing the two legislators to sit here representing constituencies that have disappeared?' Under the proposal, Ambrose Cheung Wing-sum and Tang Siu-tong, representing the Provisional Urban Council and Regional Council respectively, will continue to sit on the legislature, even though the constituencies they represent have disappeared. Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Robin Ip Man-fai said the arrangement was to cope with special circumstances. 'Due to the exceptional situation, the Government believes the two legislators should be allowed continue to perform their duties,' he said. But Ms Lau said the Government was not respecting the rule of law. It was justifying unreasonable arrangements by describing them as exceptional cases, she said.