ELECTIONS for the accountancy functional constituency look set to be environmentally friendly because two of the three candidates have decided not to use hoardings or posters. Eric Li Ka-cheung and Peter Chan Po-fun believe there is a better way to spend their money than plastering pictures of themselves on the streets to win the hearts of 3,722 accountants. The pair also think it is a form of self-promotion, which is disapproved by members of their profession. 'Maybe I'm old-fashioned,' said Mr Chan, who is launching his third bid to join the legislature. He was defeated in the accountancy functional constituency poll in 1988 and the financial services election in 1991. The 73-year-old accountant is undaunted. To quell concern that he is too old, his election pamphlets tell potential voters that he is 'in top physical form, having a perfect heart, low blood pressure and low cholesterol [sic]'. Tipped to be heading for defeat for the third time, the accountant nonetheless has no plans to solicit votes during the poll. He said he would probably stay at home and go to the counting station after 10.30 pm. If the outlook was not promising, he would go home and sleep. Instead of lavishing promises on potential voters, Mr Chan emphasises 'global contributions' to prove that he deserves their support. Eight pages of his pamphlets contain 49 'unsolicited' compliments made by dozens of VIPs on past deeds - from his getting a MBE to his serving 10,000 days on the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries Board. His opponents, Mr Li and Edward Chow Kwong-fai, run more fiery campaigns, often crossing swords. Mr Chow, who has been endorsed by previous incumbent Peter Wong Hong-yuen, attacks Mr Li - an appointed legislator for the past four years - for playing only a supporting role in the law-making body and not chairing any bill committees or panels. (Records show Mr Li has chaired one bill committee.) 'It is a generally held view that he is not a legislator who takes a stand. He cannot be described as a frontbencher,' Mr Chow said. A Liberal Party member, Mr Chow emphasises his party affiliation is a plus because he will not be a lone voice in the legislature. Mr Li, however, prides himself on being independent and free from the fetters of party politics. Saying that all four motion debates he moved in Legco were endorsed, Mr Li said the scope for independents was huge. 'To say the Legco representative of such a prestigious profession needs political protection by a party is the most ridiculous comment I've heard,' he said. As the immediate past chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants, Mr Li boasts his knowledge of and contribution to the profession. His ambition is not just winning a Legco seat, but getting more than half the votes, he said. 'You cannot say you truly represent the profession if you win marginally,' said Mr Li, probably best remembered for his proposal that husbands be jailed for keeping mistresses on the mainland.