The Electoral Affairs Committee has recommended that the boundaries of the five geographical constituencies remain unchanged in next year's Legislative Council elections, even though six more lawmakers will be returned by direct elections this time. Justice Woo Kwok-hing, chairman of the commission, said they had decided to stick to the existing boundaries after considering several options. 'Voters are now familiar with the existing constituency boundaries. Changing the demarcations for the sake of change is obviously unwarranted and will only confuse people,' he said. Under the proposal, which is open for public consultation until August 13, six seats will be allocated for Hong Kong Island, four for Kowloon West, five for Kowloon East, eight for New Territories West and seven for New Territories East. In line with the Basic Law, the number of directly elected seats will increase from the current 24 to 30 with the next poll. Main political parties and a number of legislators said the boundary recommendation and the distribution of new seats were within their expectations. Some believed the recent rallies against the proposed national security law would give the pro-democracy camp an electoral boost. Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum said support for the party was now at its highest since 1998. 'After 500,000 people took to the street on July 1, I think some of the floating votes will shift to the pro-democracy candidates,' he predicted. Ip Kwok-him, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, said the electoral arrangements would not affect its election plans. When asked whether the recent pro-democracy rallies would harm the party's election chances, he said: 'Many people have made these kinds of predictions and expressed such worries. But we have to see whether participants in the march oppose the DAB or not,' he said.