On the campaign trail he says the public wants a serious contender On the day when his fate would be sealed on whether he could secure an entry ticket to the chief executive election race, Alan Leong Kah-kit remained upbeat, repeatedly reminding himself that such hopes had not been misplaced. 'I am not a dreamer and my confidence is not the result of a dream,' Mr Leong told a South China Morning Post journalist who was offered a seat in his campaign van throughout a long day on the campaign trail. While it might seem the barrister-lawmaker holds a rather romantic view on people's enthusiasm for a genuine contest to decide the next chief executive, he insisted his faith rested with the people. 'The majority of the public want a contested chief executive race and voters are obliged to send in a serious contender.' Knowing full well that it would be a mammoth task to convince many of the 200,000-plus elite voters to select pan-democratic candidates, Mr Leong made an early start to encourage as high a turnout as possible. Leaving his home in the Mid-Levels at 8.30am after preparing his speeches, Mr Leong went hand in hand with his wife, Carol, to a polling station, sacrificing his usual Sunday routine of cooking his sons 'a dad's breakfast'. Dressed in pink shirt and dark jacket adorned with his trademark pink pocket handkerchief, Mr Leong said he was not tense despite knowing the day would be decisive. 'I only want more people to realise that they have the power to decide their future, because these 800 people they are choosing will govern Hong Kong. 'This is the first step of the contest between two people - Donald, who is a career civil servant, and I as an elected legislator with vision - who have totally different platforms and administrative wisdom.' Even legislator Leung Kwok-hung, who locked himself in a mock birdcage outside a polling station in protest at the 'small-circle' election, admitted Mr Leong was a better chief executive choice than Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. 'Alan Leong is a good man. At least he received my petition with a smile,' he said. But although the media gave prominent coverage to Mr Leong's drive for a higher turnout in the morning, they soon left him as he was shuttled from one polling station to another across the city. Later in the day as his impeccable suit started to crumple, campaign activities started to lose steam as canvassing teams of pan-democrats missed him several times when trying to find polling stations with voters to lobby. While on the road with his handful of campaign staff, Mr Leong was not disheartened to find the public knew little about the election. 'If you look at the turnout, it is progressively larger than that of the last Election Committee election,' he said. Despite facing a cool response from some shoppers during visits to a wet market, he was warmly greeted by many people. 'Please work hard for Hong Kong and good luck,' said one elderly man. While it was still early last night to know whether Mr Leong had been able to reach his target of 100 nominations, there was at least one consolation. Like many of the professionals who went out to vote, he had a peaceful dinner with his family at home after returning from a polling booth, the first for many days, before rushing back to check the results.