The election of information-technology sector legislator Samson Tam Wai-ho last year was valid, a judge ruled yesterday. Mr Justice Anselmo Reyes in the Court of First Instance affirmed the result of the 2008 Legislative Council election and dismissed a petition launched by Dr Tam's election rival, Charles Mok, related to a television show Dr Tam hosted during the campaign period. Mr Mok complained that the television show, IT Guru, was a series of political videos and that the cost of their production should be included in Dr Tam's election campaign expenses. If they were included in his expenses, he would have exceeded the allowable limit. But Mr Justice Reyes found the videos were not political. 'The videos do focus on the personality of Dr Tam,' he said. 'But they do not say anything about what he proposes to do if he is elected or why it would be a good idea for him to represent the IT industry in public office. Nor do they criticise the Legco incumbent or potential rivals of Dr Tam.' The promotional programmes were broadcast on Cable TV in June. Dr Tam then carried the shows on his website. Speaking outside the High Court, Dr Tam said he welcomed the judgment and vowed he would continue to work for the industry. Mr Mok said he was 'a bit shocked' by the decision. 'Now wealthy election candidates can spend more money on advertising and even go for television programmes.'