Pan-democrats are resigned to losing Anson Chan Fang On-sang from the Legislative Council today. While no one close to the former chief secretary would confirm publicly which way she will jump, several in the camp believe its most high-profile member will announce she is not standing for re-election. Sources close to Mrs Chan have said in the past that she was disillusioned with legislative work because officials had been snubbing lawmakers in policy matters, especially over constitutional reform. And Mrs Chan has herself said several times recently that one did not need to be in the legislature in order to serve the public meaningfully. But crowds along the route of the July 1 pro-democracy march cheered her as she walked with thousands of others from Causeway Bay to Central, and veteran Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming said he hoped this encouragement from the public, as well as last-minute efforts by pan-democrats, would sway her to run again. Asked if those efforts had succeeded, Mr Lee said: 'Better just let Anson announce it today.' Last month, Mrs Chan unveiled a new project, the Citizen's Commission on Constitutional Development. It aims to stimulate greater public participation in Hong Kong's political development and highlight why functional constituencies cannot comply with internationally recognised principles of universal and equal suffrage, as the government maintains. Pan-democratic lawmakers have said they expect Mrs Chan to continue her political role, with the Citizen's Commission as her platform rather than the legislature, working with groups such as the Professional Commons, a public forum for professionals. The steering group of the commission will meet Mrs Chan tomorrow to begin organising debates on constitutional reform. Mrs Chan disappointed her legions of fans in September 2006 when she confirmed she would not run in the chief executive election. However, with the full backing of pan-democrats, Mrs Chan won a by-election for a vacant Legco seat on Hong Kong Island, defeating former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee in December. If Mrs Chan does not run, Mrs Ip and her putative running mate, Medical Association vice-president Louis Shih Tai-cho, are expected to benefit.