Anson Chan Fang On-sang has asked for a few more days to consider a request for her to run for the Legislative Council. But pan-democrats concede the chances are slim that she will agree to stand. Mrs Chan, the former chief secretary, had an emergency meeting with pan-democratic leaders yesterday. They said she promised to consider the matter but reiterated she was 'not keen' on running in the Hong Kong Island seat by-election. The seat was left vacant by the death last month of Ma Lik, leader of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Civic Party legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah - who with other pan-democrats, including Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, met Mrs Chan - said they had done their best to persuade her to run but she wanted a few more days to consider the matter. Mr Tong said: 'We told her a quick decision was needed. But if you ask me, I have the impression that the likelihood of her running is not great. 'She didn't seem very keen on the idea but promised to consider it further.' During the closed-door meeting, the pan-democrats said Mrs Chan had the best chance of defeating former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who is expected to stand with support from Beijing loyalists. DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung said his party would decide soon whether to field a candidate or to support Mrs Ip, who has yet to formally announce her candidacy. Mr Tam said that although Cyd Ho Sau-lan's withdrawal on Monday from the race came as a surprise, without Mrs Chan's participation, the threat posed by the remaining pan-democrat candidates was considered minimal. Meanwhile, the leader of the League of Social Democrats, Wong Yuk-man, a former radio host, is considering joining the fray. He has taken a three-day break out of town to consider his options. 'With Cyd gone, the public is getting the message that the pan-democratic camp is weak and everybody is scared away by Regina Ip,' he said. 'It would, of course, be a sure win if Anson runs, but if she does not, then I would have to consider it.' Other possible candidates include Kam Nai-wai, of the Democratic Party, who received preliminary approval last night from his party's Hong Kong Island branch.