Poor response has led to new tactics, says pro-Beijinger The number of nominations for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is estimated to be fewer than 600 so far and they are coming in much more slowly than he expected, a pro- Beijing figure says. The disclosure comes as social workers, a major voting bloc in the chief executive contest, may abstain from putting forward a nomination. The pro-Beijing figure said yesterday: 'Mr Tsang originally planned to sign up for the election today or tomorrow and then start his district visits to meet the public. But the game plan has had to be changed in the light of worse-than-expected responses.' The figure said some low-profile members of pro-Beijing groups might not nominate Mr Tsang, who is due to meet Election Committee members from the social welfare and accountancy sectors today. It is understood that he has been planning to start his district visits as early as tomorrow. Mr Tsang, who is keen to secure more than 700 nominations for an early victory, has so far not received any from the 40 electors in the welfare sector. Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat is also counting on the sector's support to make up the 100 nominations he needs to stand in the July 10 election. Tik Chi-yuen, an Election Committee member from the social welfare sector, said 22 electors from the sector were likely to abstain from nominating any candidate. Mr Tik is one of the 22 electors who will either follow or consider the findings of a survey on social workers' preferences on who to support. The findings will not be ready until Friday at the earliest. Yeung Ka-ching, who will vote according to the survey results, said his colleagues were not obliged to nominate Mr Tsang after meeting him. 'I don't think anyone will be so lacking in political wisdom and give him nominations immediately after the meeting,' he said. Speaking after talks with Mr Tsang yesterday, Cheng Kai-ming, one of the 20 voters in the higher education sector, said fellow voters were not bound by any rules to act as a bloc. He said Mr Tsang would try to attend the election forum held by the higher education sector. Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, a voter in the sector, said voters hoped Mr Tsang would review the research system so that academics would conduct more policy studies instead of just publishing papers in international periodicals. Yang Wenchang, commissioner of the Foreign Ministry, declined to comment last night when asked if Mr Tsang was the most suitable candidate. 'The election has not yet begun. I am a central government official. It is better not to talk about this issue,' he said.