Vice-President Xi Jinping yesterday essentially called for an end to the chaos and scandal-mongering in the city's chief executive election. In a meeting in Beijing, Xi (inset) told Hong Kong delegates to the National People's Congress not to focus on personal interests but to take care of the overall well-being of the city and state, according to Maria Tam Wai-chu, who was at the meeting. Politicians and analysts said Xi's remark was code intended to remind the supporters of both front runners, Henry Tang Ying-yen and Leung Chun-ying, to refrain from further smear campaigns. 'This year marks the 15th anniversary of the handover and the chief executive election will also be held,' Tam said. 'The vice-president said patriots of China and Hong Kong should serve as role models to prioritise the overall interests of the country above their personal interests, to stand tall and look at the bigger picture when contemplating the city's development.' Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Wang Guangya said society's views and those of Election Committee members were important in choosing the chief executive. China affairs expert Johnny Lau Yui-siu said Beijing felt that both camps had started to lose control, so it sent a reminder to both sides asking for self-restraint. 'When Xi asked the people to stand tall and look at the bigger picture, he meant the people should make sacrifices for the greater benefit of society,' said Lau. 'The series of scandals is not only causing chaos for the election, it is putting Beijing in a difficult position. It is not helping anyone.' NPC deputy Wong Kwok-kin said Xi's remarks showed the central government was concerned about the 'ungentlemanly contest' and hoped it would 'get back on track'. But Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a standing committee member of the NPC, said Xi - set to become Communist Party chief this year - was speaking about the overall development of the city, not the election. Fan said she talked to Xi about the conflict-of-interest allegations surrounding Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. 'Hongkongers have more Westernised thinking, but we can act as a driver of modernisation for the mainland,' said Fan. 'The chief executive has allegedly received benefits ... while some mainlanders think we overreacted, others appreciate our high anti-corruption standards.' Fan said her remarks did not amount to pointing the finger against the chief executive in front of the state leader. 'I do not have to do that,' said Fan. 'I hope that will have an impact on promoting society's integrity.' Meanwhile, a source close to Tang's camp confirmed that, in a meeting last night, Beijing officials said they do not want to see the poll aborted - a possible scenario if no candidate gains more than half of the 1,193 votes - or blank votes cast.