Tung Chee-hwa last night admitted that public discontent over the economy might be one of the factors behind Sunday's record turnout. 'Many commented that the high turnout is a result of people's dissatisfaction with the state of the economy in Hong Kong,' he said. 'Others have stated that there is a desire for a faster pace of democracy. Some have even suggested that people voted because of the commemorative cards they got after voting. 'I think, to a certain degree, the above may partly be true.' However, the Chief Executive maintained his view that the participation of voters reflected their desire to 'fulfil one's responsibility as a citizen and the very strong public support they have for the Basic Law, and the spirit of 'Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong' with a high degree of autonomy'. Mr Tung said the election laid a solid foundation for the SAR's political development. The Government would move forward to a more democratic form of government in accordance with the Basic Law, he said at a Foreign Correspondents' Club function.