Eight of the 10 legislators chosen by the first Election Committee to serve in Legco will battle it out for the six seats it will choose this time - with little chance of an outsider gate-crashing the party, academics said. The pro-Beijing lawmakers are likely to keep their stranglehold on the election. Professor Lau Siu-kai, associate director of the Chinese University's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, said about one quarter of the 800-member Election Committee belonged to pro-Beijing groups. They were from various political subsectors and the labour, agriculture and fisheries subsectors. He believed only the eight incumbent Election Committee legislators, representing different pro-Beijing groups, would contest the six seats. Dr Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, a political scientist at City University, said there would be little competition. 'Different political parties will compromise on the seats.' The Election Committee chose 10 legislators in 1998 and now only has six. Of the incumbents, Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, and Choy So-yuk, of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, have switched to geographical constituencies. The other eight - Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen and David Chu Yu-lin of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, Yeung Yiu-chung of the DAB, Ho Sai-chu of the Liberal Party, Ng Ching-fai and Ma Fung-kwok of the New Century Forum, non-affiliated legislator Ng Leung-sing and former Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai - will contest the seats. Mrs Fan is expected to win easily. 'The relationship between the administration and legislature has intensified. Mrs Fan could help smooth it,' said Professor Lau. Ambrose Lau, Yeung Yiu-chung and Ng Ching-fai are also tipped as easy winners, the professor said.