The Legislative Council should be given a bigger role in Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's proposed accountability system, including vetting the candidates, the Democratic Party says. Mr Tung should also remove ministers or ministers should resign after an impeachment or no-confidence vote is passed by the legislature, the party says. Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said the new ministerial system, to be introduced in July, would in the end be solely controlled by the Chief Executive. 'Our Chief Executive was elected without universal suffrage. Any so-called accountability system without democracy is empty,' he said. Party colleague and civil service spokesman Cheung Man-kwong said the positions of chief secretary and financial secretary would become 'idle' under the new system as ministers would be directly responsible to Mr Tung. 'They hold responsibility to the Chief Executive only but not to the public,' Mr Cheung said. Under the new system there will be three top officials - chief secretary, financial secretary, and secretary for justice - and 11 political appointees. Mr Cheung said it was also necessary to set up a system of open and detailed integrity checks along with guidelines on declaration of interest for ministers. The party criticised Mr Tung for failing to brief the legislature on the new system the day after the Executive Council endorsed the blueprint. Mr Cheung said: 'We [legislators] have to read newspapers for eight days to understand the details of the new accountability system, which is so irresponsible to Legco.' The Executive Council endorsed the blueprint on Tuesday and Mr Tung will disclose details to the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Mr Lee considered the Executive Council's six-hour meeting was too short to discuss the new plan in detail. 'So our [Legco's eight-member coalition] consensus is that there is no need to rush through legislation to enact the new ministerial system by July 1,' he said. Appointments made under the accountability system needed to be approved by the central Government, Vice-Premier Qian Qichen said yesterday. Mr Qian, accompanying President Jiang Zemin on a visit to Libya, said the accountability system was the SAR Government's own business. 'However, it needs to be scrutinised and approved by the central Government. It is a procedure,' he said.