Chief executive hopefuls are to seek support from the 190,000-strong civil service with a series of meetings beginning tomorrow. Secretary for Civil Service Lam Woon-kwong said there was no problem with civil service unions meeting candidates. 'Their political neutrality will not be impaired as long as civil servants meet candidates in the capacity of representatives of the staff unions,' he said. Shipping magnate Tung Chee-hwa will meet officials of the Senior Non-Expatriate Officers' Association tomorrow at its office at the Government secretariat. Officials will also be meeting Sir Ti Liang Yang later tomorrow and Peter Woo Kwong-ching next Thursday. Association chairman Hui Kwok-hung said his members would discuss with candidates the need for principal officials to serve beyond the handover, wastage of civil servants, and improvement of benefits. Mr Woo will meet the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants' Association next Wednesday. Association chairman Peter Wong Hyo said Mr Woo was the only candidate to have asked for a meeting. Civil Servants' General Union chairman Felix Cheung Kwok-biu will meet Mr Woo on October 29. An assistant of Sir Ti Liang said he had been invited to meet staff unions but he would not take the initiative to meet the various groups before his resignation took effect on October 27.