Move will avoid having successor with conflicting views, says justice secretary The Election Committee which chooses the chief executive should also pick his successor to avoid a person with conflicting ideas taking over the top post within a five-year period, the chief justice said yesterday. Elsie Leung Oi-sie told a special Legco House Committee meeting, four days after Mr Tung's resignation was confirmed on Saturday, that the goal of the Basic Law was to ensure a stable transition. Using the same Election Committee for a by-election 'can ensure that within the five years, there will not be two or more chief executives at opposite poles, so there won't be instability stemming from a drastic change in policy. 'At the same time it won't exceed the power conferred on it by its electors; that is, electing one or more chief executives during its five-year term,' she said. The current Election Committee is due to elect the next chief executive on July 10 to serve what the Hong Kong and central governments hope will be the remaining two years of former leader Tung Chee-hwa's term. However, pro-democracy legislators and lawyers are considering a legal challenge which could force Beijing's hand to interpret the Basic Law otherwise the election may be delayed. The current Election Committee is due to be dissolved on July 13. Independent lawmaker Albert Cheng King-hon said no one could be exactly like Mr Tung. Miss Leung replied: 'We're not saying two people are totally the same, that their working style and thinking will be the same. But if the person is elected by the same Election Committee, I think the person they choose will not be vastly different, say, if it's Tsang Yok-sing, it won't become Leung Kwok-hung', she said referring to the pro-Beijing politician and the radical pro-democracy lawmaker. Meanwhile, Democrat legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo cast doubt on acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's ability to unite the Executive Council. He said the absence of four members from the first special meeting on Saturday was proof of their discord. The absentees were Tsang Yok-sing, Cheng Yiu-tong, Leung Chun-ying and Andrew Liao Cheung-sing - all pro-government figures. 'How can you persuade citizens to believe that your relationship with Exco, pro-government parties and the forerunners of the next chief executive is not just harmony on the face but discord at the heart?' Andrew Cheng asked. Dismissing his suggestion, Mr Tsang said the four were at National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings at the time. 'I totally understand some councillors thought that there was not enough notification ... that there were individual members who could not come back in time for the meeting,' he said. Mr Tsang said he had spoken to them individually by telephone and they had all indicated they wanted to stay on in Exco.