A SENIOR Taiwan official yesterday reiterated that the Kuomintang Government had no intention of declaring independence despite the fact that it is to hold its first direct presidential election before 1996. Speaking to a visiting Hong Kong delegation, presidential spokesman Raymond Tai said the election would be a part of Taiwan's pursuit of ''democratic politics'', not independence. Observers have said the 1996 polls could be seen by Beijing as a de facto declaration of independence. Mr Tai said: ''I wish that [the poll] will not create such an impression. The election is not meant for Taiwan independence but to push for freedom and democracy for China. ''What we hope for is through our election we can help promote democracy and freedom on the mainland,'' he said. Mr Tai said legal experts were studying how to revise the constitution to pave the way for the election. ''However, I believe President Lee Teng-hui has said he hoped that the revisions will not be too dramatic,'' he said. On Taiwan's policy towards Hong Kong, the spokesman pledged Taiwan would continue to monitor changes in the enclave and not withdraw its presence from the territory as 1997 approaches. He declined to say whether Taipei had any contingency plan if Beijing fails to keep its word to maintain a ''stable and prosperous'' Hong Kong after 1997. ''Of course, different ministries like the Ministry of Communications and the Mainland Affairs Council will have their own plans,'' he said. ''At the end of the day, I must say it [democracy and freedom] is not something we outsiders can help . . .. It can only be realised through your own struggle,'' he said.