The Hospital Authority has emerged as the first public body to issue guidelines on electioneering. The rules cover employees running in elections and canvassing on its premises. 'As a responsible public organisation, the authority will uphold the principle of fairness, open and equality in any arrangements,' a spokesman said. There should be no interruption to normal hospital operations, patient services, security considerations or the availability of facilities, the statement added. The guidelines stopped short of making it clear whether senior officials should avoid giving unintended publicity to candidates, despite criticism of Tung Chee-hwa for attending the Federation of Trade Unions' celebrations. But it advised employees to seek clarification of possible conflicts of interest. Health Services sector hopeful Michael Ho Mun-ka said the media should be allowed to cover election meetings in authority premises, which were only open to candidates and voters under the guidelines.