Hong Kong’s leading pro-establishment political party is hoping to ride what it sees as a tide of social sentiment against the pan-democrats’ “non-co-operation” campaign to squeeze its rivals out of the district councils in next month’s elections. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is appealing to those who oppose the Occupy movement and pan-democrat filibustering to come out to vote for its candidates in the local elections. Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king launched a thinly veiled attack on pan-democrats when she presented the party’s election plans yesterday, saying: “We are pragmatic and we hope to see Hong Kong progress. We are against Occupy Central and we are against filibustering. I appeal to all those who do not want to see more occupation or filibustering to come out to vote. Let your voices be heard, and let us serve you.” READ MORE: Hong Kong's Democratic Party will put up fewer candidates in forthcoming district council polls The pan-democratic camp was a key player in last year’s Occupy protests. Some lawmakers have also been resorting to a “non-cooperation” campaign to block government policies in the legislature. Lee said her party would field 170 candidates in the November 22 elections. Of them, 111 are serving members. I appeal to all those who do not want to see more occupation or filibustering to come out to vote DAB's Starry Lee But veteran party member Ip Kwok-him, now a Central and Western district councillor, will not seek another term. Lee declined to discuss whether Ip, who is also a legislator returned by the Legislative Council district council (first) functional constituency, would contest next year’s legislative election. Lee said: “It is too early to say that Ip is quitting politics. He is a very experienced politician. It has always been the party policy, and also Ip’s idea, for the veteran to retire to allow our younger talents more chances.” Party vice-chairman Holden Chow Ho-ting dismissed speculation that Ip’s exit was linked with the bungled walkout he co-led during the legislature’s vote on electoral reform in June. Ip, 64, has been a member of the Central and Western district council since 1991 except for a four-year period after he was defeated by then Frontier pan-democrat Cyd Ho Sau-lan in the 2003 election. Besides Ip, nine other incumbent district councillors from the party will also retire, including veteran Islands councillor Chau Chuen-heung, 65. Founded in 1992, the party has a membership of more than 28,300. Its members hold 13 out of 70 seats in the legislature and 132 seats in the 18 district councils. Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing is also a party member. Thirty-two of its members also serve on the National People’s Congress or the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In the 2011 elections, the party fielded 182 candidates, of whom 136 won, including 36 uncontested. Eastern, Kwun Tong, Tuen Mun and North districts are among the party’s strongholds. Lee yesterday declined to speculate on this year’s election results, saying: “We present our best to the voters and we hope to get as many seats as possible.” There will be 458 district councillors, including 27 ex-officio members who are rural committee chairmen in the New Territories. The others will be returned from 431 single-sear constituencies in 18 districts. The nomination period for the elections starts today and closes on October 15.