The Liberal Party and two leading pro-China parties yesterday snapped up most of the top posts in the 18 panels of the Provisional Legislative Council. The business-oriented party, plus the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance took up chairmanship of 14 panels. Of the remaining five, three went to non-affiliated members. The sole pro-democracy force, the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, got one. The dominance of the three parties has triggered accusations that they made secret deals prior to the election, leaving non-affiliated members out in the cold. Of the 18 panel chairmen, 17 were elected unopposed. The only competition emerged in the constitutional affairs panel. Independent Andrew Wong Wang-fat edged out Chim Pui-chung by a vote of six to three. Mr Chim, also an independent provisional legislator, was dissatisfied with the 'pre-election arrangements' between the three parties. Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, who took the vice-chairmanship of the panel on administration of justice and legal services, said the coalition of major parties had greatly limited room for manoeuvre. Frederick Fung Kin-kee, chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said the scramble for seats was worse than former panel elections. 'It is true that the previous elections of panel chairman were dominated by major parties. 'I think the situation is worse this year.' But Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee of the Liberal Party brushed off criticism that the election was unfair. 'I don't think it is against individual members, it depends whether they have expressed their interests and lobbied other members.'