Guidelines governing fair electoral treatment in the media do not cover film shows, the Registration and Electoral Office admitted yesterday. But it denied there was a grey area in the rules due out this month. Although the proposed guidelines cover canvassing in the print media, radio and television, a government spokesman conceded that film shows were not mentioned. 'Our guidelines make no reference to film festivals. You know guidelines cannot be that specific,' the spokesman said. The remarks followed the Provisional Urban Council's ruling to allow 12 films, including one by Christine Loh Kung-wai, a potential candidate, to be screened ahead of the May polls. The election watchdog declined to comment if the decision would favour Ms Loh, who has yet to go through the nomination process in April. 'Nor are we sure if Ms Loh's film amounts to an election advertisement because we haven't watched the film,' she said. She dismissed suggestions that the guidelines should be revised, saying the row was just a 'minor matter' and stressed that broadcasters should give equal and fair treatment to the candidates, who are required to declare all electioneering expenses. She said the draft rules allowed legal challenges against perceived unfair electoral practices.