RULES could be introduced to cap the number of people allowed to sign the nomination forms of Legislative Council candidates, the Electoral Affairs Commission said yesterday. The move came after electoral officers had to spend about 270 hours screening one nomination form, which contained more than 10,000 names. More than 60 per cent of the subscribers were found to be unqualified. It is believed the problem involved the nomination form of three candidates standing in the geographical constituency of Hong Kong Island. The trio collected most of the names in street-signature campaigns to gain public support for their run in next month's elections as independents. Commission chairman Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing said it was not illegal to include 10,000 subscribers' names but it was a waste of public money. He said candidates should check first if their subscribers were eligible. 'In some sense, the candidates are misleading their supporters. Showing support to a candidate does not necessarily mean signing up to subscribe to a nomination form. You can ask them to vote for you,' said Mr Justice Woo, who would not identify the ticket. At present, a minimum of 100 subscribers, who must be eligible voters, are required for nomination for the geographical constituency elections. The subscriber must live in the district the candidate is contesting and he cannot subscribe to more than one list. In most cases, candidates included 150 to 200 names on their nomination forms and it normally takes officers about six hours to screen each form. Mr Justice Woo, who briefed candidates on the election regulations yesterday, said there had been suggestions subscriber's names be capped at 200 to 500. He also said the commission was considering issuing circulars to civil servants to stop them posing for pictures with candidates. Mr Justice Woo also advised candidates who planned to use pictures in their campaigns to get written permission from people if their images were to be used. About 3.1 million people are eligible to vote at 526 polling stations across Hong Kong on September 10 for the SAR's second legislature. This year, 155 candidates have submitted nominations. Eighty-eight are standing for the 24 geographical constituency seats, 48 are competing for the 21 contested functional constituency seats, and 10 for the six seats to be returned by the Election Committee. Nine functional constituency candidates have been elected unopposed.