The result of last Thursday's information technology subsector poll for the Election Committee (EC) has encouraged Hospital Authority deputy information system director John Tse in his bid to win a Legislative Council seat. Mr Tse, who obtained the highest number of votes among the 20 elected IT representatives on the EC, used the poll to test his chances for the May 24 functional constituency election. He received support from 849 of the 1,472 IT electors who voted in the EC poll. Mr Tse hopes to go on and win the IT functional constituency seat in Legco. 'With the voters' support, I don't have to discontinue [plans to contest the Legco election],' he said. Democrat Sin Chung-kai, who will compete with Mr Tse for the FC seat, said he had always regarded Mr Tse as a heavyweight competitor and the EC poll result was not a shock. But he said the result also implied Mr Tse was not supported by almost half of the electors. Mr Sin, a former legislative councillor, said that while voters in the EC poll tended to select IT veterans, the Legco election would be another story. Voters would see Legco experience as an additional and important criterion. For the EC poll, the turnout of 1,472 voters represented 47 per cent of the 3,144 registered individual and corporate IT electors. They voted to elect 20 IT representatives from 53 candidates. The sector turnout was exceptionally high, more than double the 23 per cent average for the EC poll. 'This is not my personal victory, but a triumph of the entire industry, showing the maturity and professionalism of our industry,' Mr Tse said. Mr Sin said he expected the IT voter turnout for the functional constituency election would go beyond 50 per cent - or even 60 per cent. IT voters, who were highly educated, tended to exercise their right to make decisions whenever they had the chance. The high EC turnout was believed also to result from heavy campaigning by the 53 candidates, most of whom joined alliances to compete. Among the 20 winners in the IT subsector, 10 are from the alliance associated with Agnes Mak, president of the Hong Kong Computer Society, and nine from John Tse's IT professional team. Francis Chin Yuk-lun, head of the computer science department at Hong Kong University, was the only independent candidate successful in last week's poll. The 20 IT representatives on the EC include seven from business, eight from education and five from government bodies.