This year's district council polls have attracted many political heavyweights to run with an eye on the newly created five 'super seats' in the Legislative Council election next year. Influential lawmakers signalled their intention to run in the upcoming district council elections for the first time, including the Confederation of Trade Union's Lee Cheuk-yan, the Civic Party's Ronny Tong Ka-wah and the Democratic Party's former lawmaker Sin Chung-kai. Chan Yuen-han, a heavyweight in the Beijing-friendly camp of the Federation of Trade Unions, also plans a political comeback in the elections after her defeated at the last Legco poll three years ago. Chan said she was 'actively considering' a run in November's election. She had served as a member of Eastern District Council from 1988-91, and then served as legislator until 2008. Under the electoral reform package passed last year, current district councillors will be eligible to contest the five super seats - created in the Legislative Council's functional constituency for elected district councillors. The contest for the five seats has drawn intense attention as all registered voters - except those who belong to functional constituencies - will be eligible to cast their ballots in this newly created sector. But the contender will first have to secure an elected seat on a district council in the November poll, and get nominations from at least 15 other elected district councillors. Lee, who is planning to run in Tin Shui Wai, said his track record in Legco would help him convince voters that he would genuinely serve the community if he elected. He also said the move would give him 'one more option in the future' when deciding whether to run for a 'super seat'. Tong, who plans to run in Sha Tin, said working at district council level would help his work in Legco as he would better understand community issues, but he stopped short of saying whether he was eyeing a 'super seat'. Sin, vice-chairman of the Democratic Party, said his bid for the district council could pave the way for the Legco election next year regardless of whether it be for the new district functional seat or not. 'Even if I am not contesting a super seat, working in Wan Chai can send a message to the public that I am building my base on the island.' Sin said four other possible party candidates for 'super seats' were chairman and lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan, lawmakers Lee Wing-tat and James To Kun-sun, and academic Wong Pik-wan. Starry Lee Wai-king, vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was tipped as a 'super seat' candidate. But she said the party had yet to formally discuss it. Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at Chinese University, said there were some heavyweights who previously ran in districts where they did not have a long track record and then suffered and election upset, including Democrats lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming and the Liberal Party's vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee in 1999. 'Candidates of district council elections are only running in a small constituency, the candidates' local network would be more important in determining the election result,' said Choy. District voters would be more concerned about whether candidates could serve their community once they are elected, he said.