More than 60,000 voters did not select a candidate to be one of five "super seat" lawmakers in the Legislative Council election in September, election organisers have revealed. There were 60,111 unmarked ballots in the new district council (second) functional constituency, the Electoral Affairs Commission said in a report released yesterday. The constituency was created so 3.2 million voters citywide, who were ineligible to vote in other functional constituencies, could choose a representative in the legislature. People Power, a radical party of the pan-democratic camp, attributed the large number of blank votes partly to a campaign it undertook two weeks before the September 9 poll to protest against the new system. Party chairman Christopher Lau Kar-hung said he was satisfied with the results of the blank vote campaign. His party won about 180,000 votes for its five slates in the geographical constituencies. "If one-third of them had answered our calls to cast blank votes, I believe it has been a successful campaign," Lau said. The figure of 60,111 was more than triple the number of blank votes received across all five geographical constituencies, at 18,399 - which was also a record high. Legco elections in 2004 and 2008 drew 10,063 and 4,943 blank votes in the geographical constituencies respectively. Dr Ma Ngok, a political scientist at Chinese University, said the super-seat contest was expected to draw a larger number of blank votes. But he was surprised that geographical constituencies also hit a record high in that area. "We can understand that blank votes are cast intentionally as a form of protest," Ma said. "Some moderate voters might refrain from taking sides because of the heated political debates before the election." Separately, the commission recommended reviewing a free-postage facility that allowed candidates to mail promotional letters to voters' homes to achieve a more cost-effective way of promotion. "The posting of hard-copy promotional letters may no longer be a popular means of publicity, given the many other publicity options and channels made available nowadays," it said.