THE Boundary and Election Commission (BEC) has so far received 749 complaints relating to the district board elections. BEC's chairman Justice Woo Kwok-hing said yesterday that 25 complaints had been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and seven other cases to the police. He said the number of complaints could not be considered high as there was an average of about two complaints in each of the 346 constituencies. He said the 25 cases handled by the ICAC related to alleged false claims or accusations of bribes for votes. He also said allegations about vandalism and vote rigging were the kind of cases referred to the police. The chairman said he did not know whether any people were being prosecuted in those cases because the investigations carried out by the ICAC and the police were confidential. According BEC statistics, 521 of the cases had been acted upon. Mr Justice Woo added that 129 other complaints relating to the election were filed directly with the ICAC and the police received 80. The chairman said the BEC only received one or two complaints against the media accusing them of making unfair reports to help certain groups of candidates. He said the media had been co-operative in following relevant election guidelines when covering news on the polls. Mr Justice Woo added that it was not always possible for journalists to give fair coverage. 'Sometimes reporters might not be able to get hold of some candidates for an interview,' he said. 'Sometimes they just run into this kind of practical problem and it has nothing to do with editorial policy.' He said anybody could file a complaint if they believed an individual media organ was consistently giving unfair coverage. But he admitted that the BEC did not have a team set up especially to monitor the media's coverage of the election. Meanwhile, Mr Justice Woo said the BEC had no contingency plan for the possible court ruling that dissident Lau Shan-ching could run for the election. He admitted that there was a possibility that Mr Lau could run for the election, but he said: 'For the time being, we do not have a contingency plan.' Mr Lau is currently appealing to have a judicial review of the Government's decision that he could not stand for the election because he had not 'ordinarily resided' in Hong Kong for the past 10 years.