On the face of it, it was hard to imagine this was a big day for Hong Kong because even areas where candidates were supposed to canvass were exceptionally quiet. Piles of election fliers, on tables set up by candidates of opposing camps near major polling stations across the city, remained largely untouched as the voting for the Election Committee got under way. 'What? Is there an election taking place today? Can I vote as well?' asked one person when approached by Civic Party chief executive hopeful Alan Leong Kah-kit near the polling station at Mei Foo Sun Chuen in Kowloon. Even at Tai Koo Shing polling station, where major teams belonging to the key battlegrounds converged to make their last appeal to voters, the sight of candidates interacting with voters was rare, despite them coming armed with leaflets and other election material. 'We don't know which people are voters, and even if they are the voters, we're not sure whether they belong to our sectors because where voters cast their ballots depend on their addresses rather than sub-sectors,' said Leung Siu-cheong, of the six-member 'IT Voice' for the information technology sub-sector. 'So we think it's better for us to stand here and wait for the voters to take the initiative to approach us,' he said. Members of the 'IT Voice' and independent Robin Sarah Bradbeer carried a banner near the polling station that read 'No Uncontested CE Election'. They were joined by Democrat Sin Chung-kai . Yet it seemed few cared to inquire about what they were doing at the otherwise tranquil area on a Sunday morning. The quiet atmosphere warmed up shortly after 11am when major teams arrived in the district that is renowned for housing a large number of middle-class citizens and registered voters. Around 15 members of the 'Demosocial-12' turned up to display their show of unity. Yet not everyone was that keen on electioneering on polling day. Law Society president Peter Lo Chi-lik, who led a list of 12 solicitors for the legal sub-sector, said: 'We've already done a lot of vote-canvassing before. There's little use to canvass for votes today.' Perhaps the observation by Law Yuk-kai, director of the Human Rights Monitor, who was one of three observers touring polling stations, best captured the atmosphere yesterday. 'There's not much to monitor really, as everywhere is so quiet,' he said.