Women's groups are outraged that the top post at the Equal Opportunities Commission is still vacant almost a year after it was created, and have accused the Government of deliberately delaying the appointment. The $225,000-a-month post of chairman was advertised worldwide a few months ago after efforts to handpick candidates failed. But the Home Affairs Branch has failed to announce its selection. Linda Wong Sau-yung, director of the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, said the federation had written to the Home Affairs Branch to complain. 'I think it's the Government's responsibility to speed up the process. We feel nervous at the slow process.' A Home Affairs spokesman, when asked when a decision would be made, said: 'The selection process has been completed, and the announcement will be made soon.' She would not elaborate. The chairman will steer the commission to fulfil its statutory functions under the Sex and Disability Ordinance. Some women's groups fear the selection will be based on public relations or executive skills, rather than finding a candidate with firm legal knowledge.