Elderly voter ticks off 'son-in-law'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 May, 1998, 12:00am

An elderly voter addressing a New Territories East forum yesterday likened choosing a candidate to picking a good son-in-law.

'We have to listen carefully with our ears sharp, our eyesight clear so that we can decide who is the best son-in-law and give the person a tick on May 24,' he told the election gathering in Sheung Shui.

'If we tick correctly, our future will look rosy. Otherwise we'll be in deep trouble.' While his remarks had many in the audience smiling, they failed to strike a chord with The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan, the only female candidate in attendance, who was left looking decidedly embarrassed.

The 123 Democratic Alliance has clearly put some thought into its election strategy by printing an English-language version of its campaign pamphlet.

But even so, the message has hardly got across. There is no sign of the party's name on the booklet and there is not one word about voting procedures or the May 24 polling date.

All readers can see are some number 10s - the party's ticket number - the names of candidates and a tick resembling the Government's election advertisements.

Defending the approach, a party spokesman said: 'Our aim is to promote our candidates.

'Publicity about polling day and calling on others to vote should be the Government's responsibility.'



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