Results of the Election Committee's subsector polls provided the confidence boost some winners were looking for before the functional constituency battles. But their potential rivals were undaunted by the outcome. Eric Chow Kwong-fai, of the accountancy subsector, was among winners who had indicated an intention to contest the functional polls. Mr Chow was returned with 568 votes, the sixth-highest of 20 winners. But potential rival Eric Li Ka-cheung, who did not clash with Mr Chow in the subsector race, was confident he would win the accountancy functional seat. He said the low turnout did not reflect voters' views. 'The Legco [functional constituency] elections will be a different.' Asked if he believed Mr Chow stood a good chance, Mr Li replied: 'Is 500-plus votes really that good?' Other winners eyeing the functional constituency polls included Liberal Kenneth Ting Woo-shou, winner in the first industrial subsector, and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's Fung Chi-kin, who led the financial services subsector. City University social studies lecturer Ivan Choy Chi-keung said the results were not useful in assessing support in the functional constituency contests. 'They are essentially two different things as voters choose about a dozen candidates in the subsector polls but only one for the functional seat,' he said. 'The fact that rivals of the functional constituencies did not clash directly in the subsector race also affected the outcome.' Susie Lum Shun-sui, in the health services subsector, secured 1,345 votes - 52 per cent of those cast. But her potential rival, ousted Democrat legislator Michael Ho Mun-ka, laughed off the threat to his aspirations. 'If someone with 1,000-odd votes thinks there is enough support to secure a functional seat, he or she is by all means welcome to contest on May 24,' said Mr Ho.