An influential rural leader who has been fighting against a controversial 'two-head' electoral plan looks set to make a U-turn by proposing a 'one man, one vote' system for village representatives. The likely about-turn by Brian Kan Ping-chee - chairman of the Association of New Territories Indigenous Residents - came just days after the government introduced a bill on the rural electoral system to the Legislative Council for its first reading. The residents' association has been battling against a new electoral system that has ended the exclusive right to vote traditionally enjoyed by indigenous villagers. Under the counter-proposal made by the association, elections of village heads would not be split into two parts, as the government has proposed. Instead, indigenous villagers - those with village lineage back to 1898 - and non-indigenous villagers would each be entitled to only one vote, which they could use when electing a village head, regardless of whether the head is an indigenous or a non-indigenous villager. But Mr Kan said his latest proposal would only be a last resort. He said he would first seek legal advice from two senior counsel specialising in human rights about his attempt to launch a legal challenge against the government in relation to the statutory definition of who Heung Yee Kuk represents. A decision will be made this month on whether to go ahead with the legal challenge, he said. The Heung Yee Kuk Ordinance says the kuk represents the people of the New Territories. Mr Kan said: 'If the kuk really represents all residents in the New Territories, why are there no elections for village heads in Sha Tin, Tseung Kwan O and Tsuen Wan? [Former Liberal Party chairman] Allen Lee Peng-fei, who lives in Sha Tin, should have a right to run for village head in the election in Sha Tin as well.' Tang Siu-tong, who represents the New Territories West constituency in Legco and is the only opposer of the government's 'two-head' rural electoral system among the four Hong Kong Progressive Alliance legislators, dismissed suggestions that Mr Kan's association was making a U-turn. Dr Tang said he believed that the association's one-man, one-vote, proposal would at least save indigenous leaders in Mr Kan's group from members of the public unhappy at indigenous villagers enjoying two votes. Under the government's proposal, elections for village heads will be split into two parts, with one exclusively for indigenous villagers and a 'general election' for all residents. It means each village will have at least two heads, with at least one being elected by indigenous villagers.