Candidate Chan Kam-lam says voters are not likely to find the scandal acceptable The Democratic Party was yesterday accused of lacking integrity over its handling of the sex scandal involving Alex Ho Wai-to. The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong stepped up its attack on the Democrats after mainland officials confirmed Mr Ho was arrested in an anti-vice operation. DAB vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him said the Democrats would be dealt a heavy blow if the party misjudged Mr Ho's innocence. 'My impression is that the Democrats have put all their bets on Ho,' said Mr Ip, a local deputy to the National People's Congress. He said the DAB was still assessing the impact of the scandal on its campaign. 'Our initial view is that it may not have much effect on our side in Kowloon East. But if things turned out to be different from what the Democrats have described, there would be a negative impact on the Democrats in every constituency,' he said. The DAB's Chan Kam-lam, who is seeking re-election in Kowloon East, accused the Democrats of a cover-up. 'The Democrats twisted the whole thing and claimed it was a political persecution. They just kept denying and tried to cover up the scandal. It shows their lack of integrity,' he said. 'The fact has now been exposed but the Democrats are still shirking responsibility. If one has done something wrong, one should apologise.' Mr Chan would not comment on whether the scandal would benefit his campaign. 'But I think the voters will give their verdict. I don't think they will find such things acceptable.' Pro-democracy candidate Albert Cheng King-hon questioned the fairness of the mainland judicial system. He believed the entire pro-democracy camp would be affected by the incident. Asked if it would benefit his campaign, he said: 'I don't want to take advantage of another's misfortune. That would be too utilitarian.' Another hopeful, pro-democracy barrister Alan Leong Kah-kit, said it was unfair to comment when the truth had not yet been established. 'I believe when the facts are clearly presented, the voters will know what to make of it,' he said. Chan Yuen-han, running under the Federation of Trade Unions banner, could not be reached for comment last night. Political analyst Li Pang-kwong, of Lingnan University, said the Democrats appeared to have made a bad judgment in jumping to Mr Ho's defence without knowing the full picture. He believed rivals would question the Democrats' integrity and pressure Fred Li Wah-ming's campaign. 'But I believe voters will treat it as a matter of personal conduct. I don't think it [the impact] will spread to other constituencies,' he said. Another commentator, Ma Ngok, of the University of Science and Technology, said the Democrats had been doing the necessary damage control. 'I think the Democrats realise that even if Ho was guilty, the voters would regard it as an issue of personal conduct,' he said.