Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai has strongly hinted she will run for a directly elected seat on Hong Kong Island in the 2004 election. With her newly established district office in Sai Wan Ho already accepting opinions and complaints from the public and organising leisure activities for local residents, Mrs Fan said she was in the 'learning process' of how to run for a geographical seat. She was still making up her mind about contesting one of the 30 directly elected seats in the 2004 Legco election and was not planning an immediate announcement because of considerations over election expenses. But she said: 'There is no reason for me not to run if my health permits. I have been in political circles for so long but have never been directly elected.' The 56-year-old fought and won a highly publicised battle with breast cancer after an operation in September. As one of the six Legco representatives of the Election Committee, Mrs Fan has been president of both the provisional legislature and the present Legco since the handover. In the September 2004 election the six committee seats will be scrapped and half of the 60 seats will be returned by universal suffrage and the rest from functional constituencies. Mrs Fan is not a member of any professional body, so her best chance would be in a geographical seat. But she declined to speculate on her chances of winning.