The Democratic Party admitted yesterday it could lose its status as the leading party in the Legislative Council after September's elections. The admission came as nominations for the poll entered the second day. Fourteen candidates - 11 on two tickets in the geographical polls and three in functional constituencies - signed up yesterday, the Registration and Electoral Office said. Of the 14, five are Democrats and six members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hongkong, including the parties' leaders, Martin Lee Chu-ming and Tam Yiu-chung. Mr Lee leads a five-member list in Hong Kong Island constituency, while Mr Tam, with Dr Tang Siu-tong and four others, will run in New Territories West. Mr Lee admitted his party could lose to the alliance but said it was 'no big deal'. 'If the [DAB] cannot be the largest party in Legco, I think they will be very disappointed,' he said after submitting nominations at Wan Chai District Office. He said the DAB's dominance was due to its heavy involvement in functional constituencies. 'We did not pay much attention to the small-circle elections because the elections were unfair and undemocratic and were only tailor-made for a small fraction of people,' Mr Lee said. He said he expected his party to win two seats on Hong Kong Island. On Thursday, DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing said his party aspired not only to be the biggest party in the legislature but also the biggest in the territory. The Democrats had 12 law-makers in the first term, while the DAB had 10. But this time Democrat Michael Ho Mun-ka has decided not to stand, citing family reasons, and unionist Lau Chin-shek was expelled from the Democratic Party for his membership of another political group, The Frontier. The DAB's Tam Yiu-chung, also an Executive Councillor, said he was confident the party could win more than one seat in New Territories West. Mr Tam is joining forces with Tang Siu-tong, of the rural camp and Hongkong Progressive Alliance. Dr Tang, placed second on the list to follow Mr Tam, said he was not sure about his chances of winning. He said he would spend more time canvassing in Tsuen Wan. Democrat Sin Chung-kai will run in the information technology sector in the functional constituency poll. Nominations close on August 2.