Most complaints about the elections relate to media coverage, according to official figures. Of 13 complaints lodged with the Electoral Affairs Commission so far, six accused the media of biased coverage. But the watchdog refused to disclose the names of the organisations concerned, or if they were electronic media or newspapers. The other areas are related to electioneering on private premises, causing a nuisance to voters and privacy infringement. Election guidelines state that candidates should be given an equal opportunity in media reports. Although the guideline acknowledges there may be practical problems in implementation, such as limited column space and staff resources, it warns against using these as an excuse. 'Merely saying that practical problems gave rise to selective reporting will be viewed as a lame excuse,' the guideline says. A spokesman for the commission said the complaints were still under investigation and the media concerned would be asked to respond. The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association, Mak Ying-ting, said the proliferation of campaign tickets in the geographical polls posed practical difficulties for television and radio. The number of tickets in Hong Kong Island rose from eight in 1998 to 11 this year, with an increase in candidates from 16 to 24. Ms Mak said the 'equal time' principle meant that covering them all would take up too much air time. She conceded that some press articles showed that individual papers had a preference for a particular party. 'But we don't necessarily endorse that.' She said the problem was not as severe this year. As restrictions on printed media were less stringent, she said most complaints would not be substantiated.