The Civic Party says it has expanded its youth affiliation by 65 per cent through the recent Legislative Council election. The membership of Young Civics, the party's youth arm for people aged 15 to 30, increased from 65 in August to 107 this month, said the party's media affairs director, Remzi Wu Hing-yin. Most of the newcomers were university students or fresh graduates who volunteered in the Legco campaign. Party secretary general Joseph Cheng Yu-shek described the growth as a small success. 'University students have been a special source of support for our election, especially during the summer vacation,' he said. 'I hope they will eventually become full members of our party.' Participants have to join a district branch for a year if they want to become full members. However, Professor Cheng said he believed young people had not been a major source of the votes for the party, as pre-election surveys had found most of its supporters were aged between 35 and 55. Mr Wu said the Young Civics planned to restructure soon, and hoped to further step up recruitment. The party's membership stands at about 320 to 330, compared with 100 when it was founded two years ago. Another party with a youth branch, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it had not seen an increase in younger members following the election, but there had been steady growth in the past year. DAB secretary general Kan Chi-ho said the number of Young DAB members had increased from 910 at the end of last year to 1,070 this month, while the whole party's membership increased from about 10,800 to about 12,000 during the same period. Formerly independent Tuen Mun district councillor Ching Chi-hung joined the party after the election. Mr Kan said the party had tertiary students working as summer interns, but had not asked them to help with electioneering. It had separately hired summer workers to provide campaign support. Gary Chan Hak-kan, the DAB's new legislator who had mobilised a group of students to help his New Territories East election, said three to five of his volunteers had joined the party, but it had no plan to launch a large-scale recruitment. 'I am contented with this and hope to see more young people with similar ideas with us to join,' Mr Chan said. 'But if we recruit too aggressively for the membership figure, there may be some who just come for welfare such as discounts they get at shops with our membership card.'