Party politics came second to individual appeal when students chose legislators in mock elections. Sharon Hui Tim-lee, a Form Six student at Sha Tin's Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School, said her fellow schoolmates paid more attention to individual candidates than to their political backgrounds. Wong Ka-ming, in Form Six at Tuen Mun's Semple Memorial Secondary School, said he felt students were not as apathetic to politics as had been widely reported. 'Our school had a voter turnout rate of 90 per cent,' he said. In the student poll both the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong won two seats fewer than in the real election on Sunday. A total of 35,788 students from Form Four to Form Six in 146 schools were eligible to vote in the mock poll between May 18 and 21, and 62.4 per cent of votes - or 22,343 - were counted. The poll, organised by the Caritas Youth and Community Service, saw 'victories' for independents Chong Chan-yau in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency and Brian Kan Ping-chee in New Territories East that were not repeated in the real election. Horse trainer Mr Kan won the second highest number of votes - 1,063 - behind the list of The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing, which received 2,034 out of 5,396 votes. The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, which did not win a seat on Sunday, took two seats in the student mock poll. Ma Ngok of City University said young people might have a preference for 'alternative' candidates.