A Hong Kong democracy activist barred from visiting the mainland is being backed by two Beijing-friendly figures to run for a National People's Congress seat. Mak Hoi-wah, an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and a member of the Democratic Party, handed in his nomination papers yesterday along with legislative councillor and party colleague James To Kun-sun. Mr Mak, taking part in his first NPC election, was nominated by local delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Lau Nai-keung, NPC deputy David Chu Yu-lin and 29 other electors. He said he believed Mr Lau and Mr Chu had nominated him because they knew him and his work well. However, Mr Lau said he was unaware of Mr Mak's role in the alliance when he made the nomination. But he added he welcomed the candidacy because it could show that the alliance was changing and embraced the mainland constitution. Mr Mak was refused renewal of his home return permit in 2005. The two Democrats' joint platform called for mainland democratisation, protection of human rights and vindication of the June 4 movement. Mr To said they did not expect to win but wanted to voice their opinions by taking part in the election. He said he had faced difficulties in gaining electors' support. Another pan-democratic candidate, former chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, Frederick Fung Kin-kee, revealed his platform. He said he would continue to voice Hongkongers' desire for universal suffrage in 2012 and advocate democratic election methods for local NPC deputies. His platform did not include urging Beijing to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - a condition the Democratic and Civic parties require of nominees. Four other candidates, Tso Wung-wai, Dennis Lam Shun-chiu, Chan Choi-hi and Jimmy Siu See-kong, registered their nominations yesterday, bringing the total number to 47. Nominations close today.