The Civil Human Rights Front yesterday called for the independent panel investigating the Equal Opportunities Commission scandal to be disbanded for lacking independence, transparency and power. Chong Yiu-kwong, convenor of the front's Human Rights Commission Taskforce, said only a Legislative Council select committee could do the work of investigating the EOC incidents. Mr Chong said the head of the Home Affairs Bureau and the chief executive should be called as witnesses and could not be relied on to appoint independent panels. 'We ask the government to stop the work of the three-man panel because there is a conflict of interest,' Mr Chong said. 'The scope of the investigation should include Patrick Ho [Chi-ping], Secretary for Home Affairs, as a witness but he appointed [the panel]. And at least one member of the [panel] secretariat is from the bureau. This is fatal.' The panel is investigating a series of events that undermined confidence in the commission last year, including the dismissal of a director of operations, and which culminated in the resignation of its chairman, Michael Wong Kin-chow. There were also allegations Dr Ho was present at a meeting where a document criticising former chairwoman Anna Wu Hung-yuk was drafted. Dr Ho denies being present at that part of the meeting. Mr Chong described the panel as impotent because it did not have the power to summon witnesses. With Ms Wu, Mr Wong and the sacked operations director Patrick Yu Chung-yin possibly refusing to co-operate with the panel, there was little it could achieve, he said. 'We should also call Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa as a witness because he appointed Michael Wong,' he said. The Civil Human Rights Front, representing about 40 non-governmental organisations, requested a meeting with the panel last month, but has yet to receive a reply. Panel chairman Tam Sheung-wai said the investigation would continue and asked the public to give it more time.