The Democrats may lose out to the pro-Beijing camp in the district council elections if voter apathy continues, an election expert has warned. But the party has laughed off the warning and plans to roll out new electioneering tactics soon. With 19 days to go before polling, Dr Li Pang-kwong, of Lingnan University, said the turnout might not break 1994's record of 33.1 per cent. He said most of the 2.83 million electors were apparently uninterested in casting votes because the district councils were no longer considered important. 'Traditionally, the pro-Beijing camp has had a more stable source of votes. If, overall, few people cast their ballots, support for the Democrats will be relatively thin,' he said. Dr Li said the Democrats had to create 'election issues' to stimulate voters in the coming weeks. But party election spokesman Lee Wing-tat believed the turnout would break the 1994 record, due in part to the presence of heavyweight candidates like James Tien Pei-chun in Central and Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee in Wan Chai. The Democrats, who are fighting the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) in 100-plus constituencies, had stepped up vote canvassing to 15 times a week. 'I'm not worried about the turnout,' Mr Lee Wing-tat said. Unlike the DAB, which has recently erected poll adverts along the MTR and KCR, the Democrats have decided against such a move, claiming it is not value for money. They will review electoral tactics at a meeting today. 'We will have something special in the coming weeks. But we are not prepared to make it known until the right time,' Mr Lee said.