THREE Hongkong candidates out-scored Guangdong's top leaders during balloting for places on the National People's Congress (NPC). Trade unionist Mr Cheng Yiu-tong, lawyer Mr Gallant Ho Yiu-tai and journalist Tsang Tak-sing won 780 out of 782 valid votes cast during Sunday's poll - the highest score among delegates to the Guangdong People's Congress. Results of voting for the 162 places on the national legislature were released yesterday by the Guangdong authorities. Among the 28 Hongkong deputies incorporated into the NPC's Guangdong contingent Dr Victor Sit Fung-shuen, Mr Luk Tat-kuen and Mr Chen Hong scored the lowest with 774 votes - but this was still the same number as provincial Communist Party boss Mr Xie Fei, whose vote was the highest among the Guangdong-based candidates. Governor Mr Zhu Senlin scored 770 votes. The incumbent Hongkong deputies on the NPC Standing Committee, director of the local branch of the New China News Agency, Mr Zhou Nan, and Mr Henry Fok Ying-tung, won 778 votes. Guangdong officials said the ''outstanding results'' achieved by the Hongkong nominees reflected a desire among Guangdong delegates to see the territory's candidates playing a bigger role in the NPC. Mr Cheng thought his past performance and age were both contributory factors in his popularity, and was confident he would perform well in the coming NPC session. ''I think I did help to monitor the policy of the central Government in the last session. And I am not too old or too young,'' he said. ''As China and Hongkong get closer and closer in the run-up to 1997, I have the responsibility to let China know how Hongkong people think.'' But Mr Cheng pledged to try to avoid conflict between Hongkong and China by promoting better communication between the two. He would also try to persuade Beijing to establish a local complaints unit to deal with grievances Hongkong people encountered while on the mainland. Tsang, chief editor of the Beijing-funded Ta Kung Pao, rejected claims that the territory's NPC deputies were not genuine Hongkong representatives since they were not elected by the people of Hongkong. Speaking after the NPC election results were announced, Tsang said the comments, made by United Democrats of Hongkong chairman Mr Martin Lee Chu-ming, were groundless and unfair. ''How representative is Martin Lee? He was not elected by Chinese nationals in China. However, the Hongkong NPC deputies were elected by Chinese people on Chinese territory. Who then are more representative?'' Tsang asked. ''Mr Lee himself is not representative of Hongkong people. Mr Lee's anti-China and anti-communist viewpoints do not represent the opinions and general will of the Hongkong public.'' Tsang argued that the election of the Hongkong NPC deputies was held strictly according to the stipulations of the constitution and national laws in China. Nearly half of the 13 provincial leaders who are candidates to the NPC failed to be elected at the current Guangdong Provincial People's Congress meeting, it was revealed yesterday. Those who failed to be elected included vice-chairman of the advisory committee Mr Song Zhiying and former chairman of the provincial people's congress Mr Luo Tian. Other unsuccessful provincial leaders included Mr Yu Bo, Mr Feng Zhuofeng, Mr Du Jianbo and Mr Peng Shubao. An insider in Guangzhou said last night that some of the provincial leaders who failed to be elected might be considered too old. ''However, we can see there is a certain degree of democracy in the election. The result is the expression of public opinion,'' he said.