Candidates lining up for September's race enjoy mixed fortunes on the first day for registration Election fever well and truly struck Henry Wu King-cheong yesterday. Not only did the normally staid financial services legislator make a dramatic early dash to the election office to cut off rival Chim Pui-chung's comeback, he later acted it out in a pantomime for reporters who missed it first time round. Mr Wu was at the door at 7.10am, although the office opened at 8.45am. Mr Wu - who at one point attracted the suspicions of a guard who pegged him as a reporter - needn't have bothered with such an early entrance. Mr Chim, who had vowed to be first to lodge his form, did not show up until much later. But as he was there anyway, Mr Wu was determined the public should know about it. After lodging his form, he replayed the early morning scene, setting up the folding canvas chair on which he sat showing to reporters how he cooled himself with an electric fan, bottle of water at hand, while he waited for the office to open by reading the four newspapers that had arrived with the morning mail. Just to show how well prepared he was, he brandished a paper fan, declaring: 'Here's an electric fan, but I've brought a paper fan with me as double security because I'm worried the battery may run out.' Despite his uncharacteristic actions, one thing didn't change: he was turned out as ever in suit and tie. At 9am, his rival finally arrived, decisively pipped at the post. 'Never mind,' a defiant Mr Chim said, adding: 'No matter whether he comes here early or late, a candidate has to take a slot to decide his candidate number.' Mr Chim - who occupied the financial services seat from 1991 until he was stripped of it in 1998 after being jailed for plotting to forge share documents - declared: 'I've been a legislator since 1991. I want to climb back from the point where I fell down.' Banking sector representative David Li Kwok-po was as urbane as ever. He brushed off questions whether, if re-elected, he would work to change his nickname of 'disappearing by 3pm' - a reference to the time he usually departs the Legco chamber. 'I didn't disappear by 3pm,' he said. 'Generally, I only disappear after 4pm.' A day said by some to carry bad fung shui indeed seemed to have brought misfortune to some candidates. The ambiguous relationship between catering sector incumbent Tommy Cheung Yu-yan and high-profile restaurateur Yeung Koon-yat, founder of the Forum Restaurant and its famed 'Ah Yat' abalone, took yet another twist. Mr Yeung signed the nomination form for Mr Cheung's rival Lillian Wong Sin-ying, watched by hordes of reporters. Mr Cheung has said Mr Yeung continues to support his re-election. But Ms Wong's luck took a turn for the worse when she submitted her form and realised that as the holder of a British passport, she was disqualified. Wasting no time, she rushed to the British consulate to renounce her citizenship - her passport had expired - then to the Immigration Department to apply for an SAR passport. Democrat Cheung Yin-tung, who went to the Kwai Tsing District Office Register with running mate Albert Ho Chun-yan to sign on for the New Territories West constituency, was left a little red-faced when he could not produce his identity card. He was nonetheless allowed to register. 'We are not so bureaucratic and can be flexible,' said returning officer Allan Chow. 'Mr Cheung is well-known in these parts for his district work, and at least we won't suspect him of being an illegal immigrant,' Mr Chow said. Executive Councillor Cheng Yiu-tong also had some embarrassing moments when security measures at the Central Government Offices led to journalists being barred from covering the registration of two candidates of the Federation of Trade Unions, which he heads. Officials shooing the journalists off to the main entrance of the office block repeatedly interrupted Mr Cheng's efforts to talk to reporters.