At least 22 members of the pro-democracy camp have submitted their applications to register as voters in the forthcoming elections of 36 local deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC). The 22 are: 10 legislators from the Democratic Party; eight other party members including academic Anthony Cheung Bing-leung; ex-Democrat and unionist legislator Lau Chin-shek; Democrat ally Mak Kwok-fung; and non-affiliated legislators Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and Audrey Yu Yuet-mee. It is the first time pro-democracy legislators have been eligible to vote in the NPC polls. As the 10-day application period came to a close at 5.30pm yesterday, 964 of the 1,029 eligible for voter registration had handed in their applications. But at least five lawmakers and two Democratic Party members have decided to boycott the exercise, including Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Trade Unions. Branding the poll a 'small-circle' election, Mr Lee said: 'I have decided not to register as a voter as the results of this election will be largely under Beijing's control.' Fei Fih, an incumbent local deputy to the National People's Congress, said she had reservations in nominating or backing any potential candidates from the Democratic Party because she questioned their sincerity in running. According to the China News Service, the full list of registered voters for the NPC polls will be released next month. Votes in the secret ballot to elect local deputies will be cast in November, the news agency said.