Conservative Christians are making a last-ditch effort to win the seven seats the Hong Kong Christian Council has in the Election Committee poll, ahead of Sunday's internal church poll to fill the seats. A newly formed team of five candidates with links to the government-friendly camp will challenge another five candidates pushing for universal suffrage. The new group includes Hugo Chan Sai-keung, of the Christian Praise Assembly, who is a vice-president of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association, believed to be backed by the central government's liaison office. Association president Samuel Yung Wing-ki, who is a devout Christian, was involved in helping to establish the group's lineup. The group - which also includes Election Committee incumbent Cecil Chan Shu-on and Cheung Ang Siew-mei, director of Christian Action - is running on a platform of building a harmonious society. Asked whether the team had Beijing's backing, Mrs Cheung said it comprised independent-minded Christians who wanted Hong Kong to move towards universal suffrage in accordance with the Basic Law. 'We have not yet decided who to support in the chief executive election because we have yet to see the platforms,' she said, but added that anyone running solely on a platform of universal suffrage would be 'a loser'. A mainland source said that despite a push by Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's supporters to ensure the chief executive had enough backing, the situation for them was 'not optimistic'. But the prospects of the other team, led by solicitor Herman Tang Wai-chung, were also unclear as critics said loopholes, such as the voting size of various churches, could favour the conservatives.