Popular lawmaker Chan Yuen-han rejects plan to run with conservative colleague Chan Kam-lam Hong Kong's biggest pro-government party is planning to run candidates on two tickets in Kowloon East in September's Legislative Council elections. Although the strategy is officially an attempt to maximise the number of seats the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong wins in the constituency, a party source said a political split between the leading candidates was the reason for the split ticket. The source said the party leadership had agreed in principle to run candidates on separate lists in Kowloon East, with incumbent legislators Chan Yuen-han and Chan Kam-lam leading the two tickets. It is understood Chan Yuen-han, the most popular lawmaker in the DAB, suggested the split. Lam Man-fai, a Wong Tai Sin district councillor, is expected to be given second spot on Ms Chan's ticket. Ms Chan and Mr Chan, who ran on the same ticket in the 2000 elections, won nearly 47 per cent of votes in Kowloon East, compared with the Democratic Party's 44.8 per cent. The DAB source said the party hoped to win three seats in Kowloon East by splitting the ticket. 'However, the real reason is that Ms Chan is reluctant to partner Mr Chan again because they share different views on political and social issues,' the source said. 'She wants to make sure Mr Lam gets a seat by running on her ticket.' Mr Chan, whose popularity does not match Ms Chan's because of his conservative political stance, would face a tough battle if he ran separately, the source said. Under the proportional representation system, voters choose from lists of candidates instead of voting for a particular candidate. The list can contain as many names as the number of seats in each constituency. The source said Mr Chan had proposed that he run under the banner of the DAB while Ms Chan, vice-chairwoman of the Federation of Trade Unions, stood as a candidate of the pro-Beijing union. But Ms Chan disagreed with the proposal, the source said. The DAB, the second biggest party in the legislature, is due to announce its list of candidates on Wednesday. The source said the party hoped to retain its existing 10 seats in Legco. The DAB is also considering splitting candidates into two lists on Hong Kong Island to give it a better chance of retaining the two seats it won in the 2000 elections. The party originally planned to run a single ticket led by chairman Ma Lik, followed by incumbent lawmaker Choy So-yuk. Ms Choy suggested the two-list strategy two weeks ago. The South China Morning Post understands that the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Progressive Alliance has proposed teaming up with the DAB in New Territories East and New Territories West. A source said the Progressive Alliance wanted incumbent legislator David Chu Yu-lin to lead the joint ticket in New Territories East, with DAB lawmaker Lau Kong-wah in second place. Mr Chu described the proposal as 'preliminary'. The Progressive Alliance also proposed its legislator Tang Siu-tong take second place on a joint ticket led by DAB vice-chairman Tam Yiu-chung. It is understood the DAB is still considering the alliance's proposals. DAB vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him may stand for the district council functional constituency.