You don't have to be 18 years old to 'vote' in the upcoming Legco election. Not if you're a student at one of 29 schools which are holding their own 'polls' - a mock Legco election organised by the Hok Yau Club. Schools from the five geographical constituencies will turn into 'polling stations' on May 19, five days before the May 24 poll. Students can make a tick for their choice of candidate on a mock ballot paper. The club's Island branch director Tse Chow-ming said they wanted students who were not yet 18 years old to get involved in the elections and have a taste of the democratic process. 'It prepares them to be responsible voters in the future.' He said Hong Kong society had not been active towards elections. 'Students have been accused of being politically apathetic. 'There's a real need to educate them to become voters of the future.' A secondary school teacher in Tuen Mun, Mr Tse said he hoped the mock election would promote democratic awareness. 'With an increasing number of student unions being formed in schools, students are learning more about democracy. 'However, there are still many inadequacies in student politics,' he said. 'We try to instil a democratic ideology by stressing the importance of a fair and open election.' Mr Tse said student representatives had attended workshops to prepare themselves for the mock poll. Topics such as Hong Kong's political system, Legco, participating parties and polling were discussed. 'This will enable students to run their own campaigns, voter registration, electioneering, ballot casting and counting.' The club will release the mock election results on May 24.