Executive councillor Bernard Chan has formally entered the race for a seat on the state legislature with 116 nominations - the most since the contest kicked off on Saturday. Mr Chan is joining the race for a National People's Congress seat after his father, Robin Chan Yau-hing, stepped down. But he rejected suggestions that he was trying to inherit the seat held by his father for the past two decades. 'I hope voters will judge me from my past experience in serving the community and my election platform, but not my family ties,' he said. Mr Chan is the second executive councillor to enter the race after Laura Cha Shih May-lung. Of his 116 nominations, Mr Chan said 22 were from the social-work sector, while some were from incumbent NPC local deputies, including Legislative Council member Philip Wong Yu-hong, and the assistant director of the central government's liaison office, Wang Rudeng. The incumbent insurance-sector legislator said he would not enter September's Legco race, regardless of the NPC election's outcome. Thirty-six Hong Kong deputies will be selected for a five-year term on January 25. Meanwhile, Ian Fok Chun-wan, son of the late Henry Fok Ying-tung, a former vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, also entered the race for an NPC seat with 113 nominations.