A BARRISTER yesterday denied offering mooncakes in a bid to win votes in last year's district board election. Vivian Chih Wan-wan, 34, and her nomination subscriber Fung Sai-mui, 59, pleaded not guilty to three counts of offering an advantage in the Ap Lei Chau Estate Constituency on September 17, the day before the election. Chih, a Central and Western District Board member between 1991 and last year, lost by 176 votes in the Southern district poll to Liberal Party candidate Cheng Kar-foo. Prosecutor Liu Yuen-ming told Western Court that a few days before polling day Chih supporters put up posters on the estate saying mooncakes and Chinese opera concert tickets would be distributed to elderly people. On September 17, several hundred elderly people gathered outside Chih's temporary office on the estate. They were holding yellow election handbills bearing the barrister's picture and candidate number. The court heard that Chih had given them an opera ticket after mutual aid committee members collected their handbill. They could also get a mooncake from a mutual aid committee chairman, the court was told. Chih and Fung yesterday also denied three alternative charges of corruptly giving mooncakes to the residents in a bid to influence their choice at the election. Chih also denied failing to declare all election expenses and donations on October 21 last year. Magistrate Peter White, the prosecutor and defence counsel Lawrence Lok QC, for Chih, and Barry Sceats, for Fung, went to Ap Lei Chau yesterday to look at the site. The hearing continues today.