DESPITE scoring the highest vote in yesterday's stock exchange council elections, winner Syed Bokhary said he was disappointed because his running mate lost. The highest turnout of exchange members in three years made their views known yesterday. The results defied recurrent criticism that the council's electoral system, which requires voters to make a decision for every single vacancy, breeds bloc-voting. The results for constituency C showed that teaming up with a partner does not always work. Mr Bokhary scored 350 votes in constituency C. He said he was only 'half-happy' because his partner, Irene So Wai-yin, lost narrowly to veteran Choi Chen Po-sum. Ms So racked up 341 votes, five votes fewer than Mrs Choi, who secured 346 and will re-enter the exchange council after stepping down for a year. 'There were lots of sympathy votes for her [Mrs Choi] losing the Legco election,' Mr Bokhary said. Mr Bokhary and Ms So were supported by legislator Chim Pui-chung, who vowed to snuff out Ms Choi's plans to launch a comeback to the council after being defeated in last month's Legislative Council election. Both sides commanded a group of loyal supporters in the exchange, making any pre-election prediction almost impossible. Mrs Choi's partner, ex-council member Au Son-yiu, fell behind his competitors by a large margin. Interestingly, Mrs Choi and Mr Au did not stay through the long ballot-counting process at the exchange trading hall. They left suddenly one and a half hours before the result was announced. Looking nervous as she left the hall before the result was known, she looked embarrassed when asked about the result. She said it was unfair that someone had used his victory in the Legislative Council election to stage a campaign in the stock exchange council election. Members said the election was more orderly than last year's. Unlike last year, there were no candidates who handed out leaflets at the entrance. One member said the election was not as exciting as last year since there were fewer vacancies and candidates. Alan Smith, a candidate from Jardine Fleming who was tipped to win easily, remained calm throughout but Patrick Sun of group C was clearly excited by the news. The outcome of the constituency A poll did not surprise anyone as the three, Mr Smith, Mr Sun and Philip Tose from Peregrine, were largely favoured by both the pro-Chim Pui-chun group and pro-Choi group.