Candidates wasted so much paper

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 June, 1998, 12:00am

Even though the Legislative Council election is over, in my house, we still have vivid memories of all the flyers we received.

In the two months leading up to the election, all the candidates were trying their best to get their messages across, with television and radio appearances, parades on the streets and through millions of flyers sent to voters' homes.

There are four registered voters in my family and as each group of candidates sent one set of flyers to each voter, that meant there were four sets of leaflets from each group circulating within my family.

Fortunately, there were only five different groups of candidates in my constituency, which meant only a total of 20 sets of flyers in my house.

I dread to think what it must have been like for families in a constituency like New Territories West, where there were 11 groups of candidates.

If my family had lived there, we would have received 44 sets of pamphlets. What an awful thought.

I am sure that half of these candidates' leaflets were thrown in the bin when voters got them. This is such a waste.

Candidates should have arranged their mailing lists more efficiently.

Instead of sending this material to each voter according to the name on the electoral register, why couldn't they have sent one leaflet to the registered address? This is such a waste of paper, and this paper could have been put to better use. For example, it could have been used for school textbooks. I just hope the newly elected Legco members will bear this in mind when they are working out their overall strategy for the next elections in the year 2000.