Veteran candidate Cecilia Yeung Lai-yin is making an unexpected bid for a Legislative Council seat in Kowloon East, nine years after her last failed attempt. Ms Yeung, 69, said she wanted to liven up the polls. 'Many people in the district have asked me to run. They said I would make the elections more lively.' Ms Yeung, a non-affiliated candidate, was well-known in the political arena in the '70s and '80s. She ran for election to the then-urban council and district boards. With a stronghold in Wong Tai Sin, she served on the urban council from 1971 and was an elected urban councillor from 1983 to 1995. She lost by a big margin in a Legco bid to pro-democracy unionist Lau Chin-shek and Democrat Conrad Lam Kui-shing in Kowloon Central in 1991. Rivals from the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong welcomed her attempt. DAB hopeful Chan Kam-lam declined to say whether Ms Yeung would compete for votes with his list, led by unionist Chan Yuen-han. Democrat candidate Fred Li Wah-ming said she might help boost the turnout. 'We have very different types of supporters. I don't think she will have a negative impact on us,' he said. Former Liberal Party legislator for the tourism sector Howard Young will be challenged by at least two contenders in September's election. Mr Young was uncontested in the 1998 poll. Executive director of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong Joseph Tung Yiu-chung submitted his nomination on Tuesday. Yesterday, the chairman of the Society of International Air Transport Association Passenger Agents, Francis Bagaman, did likewise. Nominations close on August 2. Mr Young said: 'It's good to have more candidates as it provides more choice for voters but it won't change my election strategy.' Mr Tung described Mr Young as a good legislator and friend. He said: 'I have no affiliation. The [Travel Industry] council agrees to, rather than supports, me standing for election.' He urged the Government to put more emphasis on the tourism industry.