THE Bar Association yesterday said representatives of the professions on the Selection Committee should not be appointed by the Preparatory Committee. It said the professional groups should nominate representatives who would then be endorsed by the Preparatory Committee, but only as a formality. Under the Basic Law, a quarter of the 400-strong Selection Committee, which picks the first chief executive, will be professionals. In a submission to Legco's constitutional affairs panel, the association said formation of the Selection Committee should be democratic and transparent. After those eligible were defined, group should nominate their own representatives and the seats should be equally distributed. The Preparatory Committee should endorse the list without changes.