Pro-Beijing figures have lined up to voice their disapproval of the Democratic Party's bid to stand in next month's National People's Congress elections in Hong Kong. The move came as nominations for the elections opened yesterday. Most of the serving deputies are understood to be intending to stand for re-election, but they will face fierce competition from an expanded electorate which, for the first time, will include pro-democracy figures. It was announced last week that the 953-member NPC election panel on December 3 will elect 36 people to sit on the national legislature. Democratic Party legislators Sin Chung-kai, James To Kun-sun and Albert Ho Chun-yan are planning to contest the polls, while party colleague and academic Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung will also run, but not under the party banner. Tsang Hin-chi, a local member of the NPC Standing Committee, said he would not nominate any of the four Democrats. He found it inappropriate for those who were against the Chinese Communist Party to stand as candidates, adding that he believed the Democrats' chances were slim. He said: 'All of you should be very clear about the words and deeds of the Democratic Party. It's unnecessary for me to elaborate.' Mr Tsang said members of the NPC election panel would choose those who 'love their country and love Hong Kong' to serve on the national legislature. Those seeking to run must secure at least 10 nominations to become candidates. Another potential candidate, Wang Rudeng, an assistant director of the Beijing Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said those who were against China's constitution should not get elected. Professor Cheung said he understood some constituents would not back the Democrats because of different political views, but he hoped not all those on the NPC election panel would think the same way. Ex-legislator Lo Suk-ching and Li Lin-sang, president of the New Territories Association of Societies, were the only two to submit their nominations yesterday. The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong plans to field four members. They are first-time contestant and party vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him and incumbents Ma Lik, Priscilla Lau Pui-king and Yeung Yiu-chung. Among those who collected nomination forms yesterday were executive councillor Cheng Yiu-tong, Heung Yee Kuk chairman and Liberal Party legislator Lau Wong-fat, former Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei and Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung. Mr Cheng, who is also chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions, politician-turned-talkshow host Mr Lee and Dr Wu are incumbents.