Tung Chee-hwa's bid for a second term as Chief Executive has been criticised as being less democratic than a student union election. Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, made the comment as she compared the 'uneventful' election with the row brewing at the University of Hong Kong student union. A group of pro-Tung students contesting the union leadership are facing a no-confidence vote after being criticised for departing from the union's traditional pro-democracy stance. Ms Lau, speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong radio programme, said the contrast with Mr Tung's forums last week with the Election Committee members highlighted the absurdity of the election for chief executive. 'While the students can have a public debate with the candidates . . . Mr Tung has shielded himself from public scrutiny. This gives the distinct impression he cannot measure up to the students.' Describing the chief executive election as rigged and pre-ordained, Ms Lau said: 'Mr Tung has little leadership quality and is frightened of the masses.' She also challenged his claim that the human rights record in the SAR was better than that in the US and Britain. 'The fundamental right is the people's right to elect their government. The people in Hong Kong do not enjoy this right.' A government spokesman yesterday rejected the allegations that the election result was pre-ordained, adding that the composition of the Election Committee was broadly representative. Human rights were also protected by international covenants implemented in the SAR, he said.