The DAB could be reduced to Hong Kong's third-largest party if it wins fewer Legco seats than the Liberal Party in next year's elections, the new party chief says. Ma Lik, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, said some members were worried that the party, which is suffering from the fallout of the mass protest march on July 1, might win fewer than five out of 30 directly elected seats next year. 'In the worst-case scenario, we may not secure one seat in each of the five geographical constituencies,' he said. The DAB currently has six directly elected seats. 'If things get to the worst, we may win fewer seats than the Liberal Party and [be] downgraded to the third-biggest party after next year's polls,' Mr Ma said, adding that DAB incumbent legislators in the agriculture and fisheries and district council constituencies might face challenges next year. The DAB has 10 seats in the legislature compared with the Liberal Party's eight. Mr Ma said the party would finalise its list of candidates for the Legco elections shortly after the Lunar New Year. A DAB source said the party was considering different options for the geographical constituency polls, with some members suggesting that former DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing should not stand for direct election. Mr Tsang suffered for his stand on the national security legislation and the party would have to earmark plenty of resources to secure his seat if he sought re-election next year, the source said. Mr Tsang said after the DAB's huge setback in the district council polls he hoped more new candidates would stand for Legco elections in the near future. The source said Kowloon West, where Mr Tsang ran in the 2000 Legco polls, was the constituency where the DAB was likely to fail to secure a seat next year. The source added that the DAB's Chan Yuen-han was reluctant to partner with Chan Kam-lam on the same ticket in Kowloon East next year. '[They] share different views on political and social issues and Chan Yuen-han, who is critical of the government, wants to run separately in the constituency.' Mr Ma admitted that the idea of the two running on separate lists had been floated before the district council elections. 'They have to convince the party leadership that running on separate tickets can better retain the two seats they won in the 2000 elections.'