A division in opponents' ranks has raised pan-democrats' hopes of a breakthrough in the information technology sub-sector of the Election Committee poll. The sector's 20 seats have, until now, been monopolised by government-friendly candidates. But the Democratic Party's Sin Chung-kai, who represents the sector in the Legislative Council, believes pan-democrats can win five of the seats in this month's poll. Mr Sin said his victory in the corresponding functional constituency in Legco showed there was considerable support for candidates campaigning for democracy. The IT20 ticket, whose members include industry leaders such as PCCW chairman Richard Li Tzar-kai and Samson Tam Wai-ho, has been the dominant force until now. But a new ticket, IT Link, includes people who were running mates of members of the IT20 ticket in previous elections. Both tickets comprise prominent academics, professionals and business chiefs. There have been suggestions that they split after failing to co-ordinate a single lineup for the election, for which 5,004 people are qualified to cast ballots. Also contesting the sector is IT Voice, comprising six independent pan-democrats who want a contested election for chief executive, and two non-aligned candidates, Robin Bradbeer and Alan Lung Ka-lun, who are poised to nominate Civic Party lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit for chief executive if they win. Asked about the apparent rift between IT20 and IT Link, Louis Ma Chee-keung, of IT Link, said: 'No team will stay together forever. Different people may form different groups at different times. 'It's not a problem even if there is an overlap in the source of votes. We can give voters another choice. I am confident that most of us will win. He said the group had no plan to nominate Mr Leong just to make the race competitive. It would solicit views later about who to support. Leung Siu-cheong, of IT Voice, said he and his colleagues were the most unequivocal group about the desirability of a contested chief executive race. 'We are not endorsing Mr Leong as such. What we don't want is an election with only one candidate. We have made clear we would not nominate [Donald] Tsang [Yam-kuen],' he said. He believes IT20 will not dominate the election this time. 'We are not aspiring to be the top six to win. As long as voters pick their favourites from other lists and leave room for us, we are confident that all of us will win,' he said. IT20's platform stresses the development of a vibrant and sustainable IT industry. 'We won't be performing our primary function if we do not look to a candidate who can help us increase IT employment and business opportunities,' said Paul Kan Man-lok, a member of the IT20 ticket. Mr Kan said his fellow candidates were established experts rather than 'sudden enthusiasts'.