STUDENTS of Jockey Club Government Secondary Technical School had a first-hand experience in voting when their Student Association election was held recently in the school hall. Two rival parties, 'Resonance' and 'Versatility', headed by sixth-formers, ran for the management of the Student Association. 'The leaders of each cabinet, familiar with the usual procedures of an election, held consultations with the school authorities and teachers before publicising their policies,' said Mr Lee Ping-wing, the teacher-in-charge of the Student Association. Election campaigns started in late September with banners, posters and notices posted on school premises. The chairman of each party made a policy speech during morning assembly to enlist support. 'The students are very concerned about the work of the association, which looks into their immediate needs,' said principal Wong Yin-chun. 'Similarly, the candidates are keen on winning.' To canvass for votes, the candidates of each party distributed leaflets and souvenirs and pledged to improve students' welfare by making arrangements for tuition, school bus service, lunch boxes, and lockers in each classroom. On polling day, the whole school was involved. In the morning session, Form Three to Seven students voted after listening to the detailed introduction of each cabinet. In the afternoon session, a mock election was held for Form One and Two students to familiarise them with the procedures to fill in ballot papers and place them in the ballot box. Polling booths were set up in the playground and students took turns to cast their votes. 'You have now experienced how an election is held in a democratic society,' Mr Wong told the students before announcing the results. 'You've also learnt the principle of one-person one-vote,' he added. 'Versatility' won the election 330-267. In the mock election held earlier, the party also scored a 248-88 victory over 'Resonance'. Sixth-former Leung Kwan-kiu, the newly-elected Student Association chairman, said: 'My main task now is to deliver my election promises.'