Voters already getting discreet phone calls Pro-Beijing figures close to Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's campaign are getting ready for a quick start to the long-awaited chief executive election. The central government is expected to accept Mr Tsang's resignation by the end of this week, setting off the campaign. But already, several Election Committee members said they received phone calls at the weekend from pro-Beijing figures, who asked if they could be contacted in Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday. 'They hinted that they may need my help to secure the nomination of Mr Tsang,' an Election Committee member said. Sources close to Mr Tsang's campaign team said Beijing was likely to approve his resignation by Friday, triggering a two-week period for nominations. Mr Tsang spent the whole day in his campaign office, mapping out strategies and preparing for the announcement of his platform once Beijing approves his resignation. But his first assignment was to exercise damage control after his top campaign aide quit, having broken campaigning rules. Mr Tsang said as he arrived at the office that the mistake was an 'unintentional oversight'. 'I think it is regrettable, but I respect Mr Lam's decision,' he said. Lawrence Lam Yin-ming, deputy commandant of the auxiliary police force, tendered his resignations - from the force and as administration director for Mr Tsang's campaign office - after the roles were found to be in legal conflict. Mr Tsang said: 'He departed right after finding out about the problem. I believe everybody will understand he did not do it intentionally.' A police spokesman would not say if Mr Lam would be reprimanded, but said the police commissioner respected Mr Lam's decision. Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat, also a prospective candidate in the election, said Mr Tsang should be held responsible for the mistake made by his aides. '[We candidates] should keep ourselves whiter than white,' Mr Lee said. Meanwhile, 81.4 per cent of respondents to a recent poll said Mr Tsang was the best candidate for chief executive - a 10- point rise from a similar survey in March. The latest survey, conducted by Chinese University last week, interviewed 765 people. Mr Lee was supported by 1.7 per cent of respondents, while Chim Pui-chung received 0.7 per cent.