The party started with a single seat on the Legislative Council. The 1995 LegCo elections increased the DAB's share to 6 and by 2002 it had reached its current count of 10 councillors, making it the second largest party after the Democratic Party.
12 District Councillors joined the party on its formation, a share that increased to 37 seats in the 1994 elections and 83 in 1999. In the wake of the furor over Basic Law Article 23 in 2003, the party's popularity suffered and the November 2003 District Councils elections saw its seats drop to 62. The election results have led to the resignation of its former Chairman, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.