STOCK exchange council members and brokers have rejected claims by newly elected council member Chu Ho Miu-hing that a lobbying attempt in Friday's council election was an 'irregular practice' and 'a serious offence against the principle of fairness'. Mrs Chu is angry that voters were given a leaflet which she said resembled an actual ballot form. Each document had 12 names and a tick beside the names. The 12 names were those of the cabinet of candidates supported by former vice-chairman Chen Po-sum. Eleven of them won. Meanwhile, Mrs Chu was the only successful candidate among the dozen people backed by outspoken broker Syed Bokhary, a rival to the Chen-endorsed group. The new council members in the broking section elected on Friday are now composed of 11 Chen-supported representatives and Mrs Chu. In a move seen by some as a continued power play, she issued a statement to the chairman of yesterday's council meeting, Paul Chow Man-yui, complaining about the 'irregular practice' of people passing out ballot-form lookalikes. 'This incident raises sufficient doubt in my mind that unfair practice was used by someone which may have affected the result of the last election,' she said in the statement. 'I do not feel that the newly elected members are legitimately elected and I question the validity of the whole election process.' She said: 'Being able to get the format of the ballot form before the election, make checks in front of 12 names, and make copies and hand them to people who are not so familiar with the names of the 22 candidates on the election floor is a serious offence against the principle of fairness.' She said the council was being accused by exchange members of being unfair or even acting illegally. Mrs Chu proposed that yesterday's election of the chairman and executive committee should not proceed until the matter was clarified. But the election went ahead. New exchange chairman Edgar Cheng Wai-kin said it was a lobbying tactic. Mr Chow, who is also the exchange's chief executive, rejected Mrs Chu's complaint. 'That can happen in any election. Similar lobbying takes place in the elections of the Legislative Council and Urban Council.' The exchange on Friday asked lobbyists not to hand out the propaganda leaflets inside the stock exchange premises, he said. Last night, Mrs Chu said she was dissatisfied with the explanation given to her by Mr Chow during the council meeting yesterday morning. She said she was told by Mr Chow that the 'unfair practice' was an electoral tool commonly used to solicit support for candidates. Mrs Chu said she met Mr Chow later on in the afternoon regarding her statement and had asked Paul Chow to give her an answer that she could pass on to brokers whom she claimed had voiced their displeasure to her. She also wondered how the people could obtain the ballot forms and said it would put future election candidates at a disadvantage if they did not have a copy of the ballot form. However, Mrs Chu had failed to obtain support from other newly elected council members. Henry Chan, who was elected on Friday, said he took part in previous years' elections and the ballot paper was not too different from this year's. 'If you were an enthusiastic member, you would know how the ballot form is designed. 'I cannot see the point of the allegations. If the promotion tactics were challenged, I cannot see the point.' Mr Chan said the same tactics were used for the Legislative Council elections. 'I cannot say the practice is irregular,' said another council member, Peter Wai Hark-wah. He said he could not see how the lobbying could have gone another way but acknowledged Mrs Chu's statement as fair and represented the views of other brokers. But some other brokers believe otherwise. 'It was a common lobbying method and the format of the lobbying leaflets did not really look like that of the ballot forms,' said one broker, adding that the form should not have misled voters. 'Her (Mrs Chu) name was not on the list and yet she was elected. There was probably nothing wrong with the system,' said another broker.