Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday snubbed pan-democratic electors during a question-and-answer session, leaving them standing for 60 minutes with their hands raised while he answered others' questions. He later apologised for not taking oral questions at the forum for Election Committee members who pick the chief executive, saying he had only had time to answer written ones. 'Of course this kind of arrangement cannot be perfect. I'm very sorry that some people could not ask oral questions. It was originally intended to have oral questions,' Mr Tsang said after the forum, his first with Election Committee members. Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying moderated the forum and chose which questions to put to Mr Tsang. Former Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat accused Mr Tsang of snubbing those with dissenting views. Mr Tsang's aides had said that written and oral questions would be taken. About 300 Election Committee members filled out written questions. When Mr Lee, who was seated directly below Mr Tsang's lectern, raised his hand to ask a question and received no response, the legislator stood up, along with several fellow pan-democrats, and demanded to speak. He spent the next hour alternately raising his left and right hands, but was not asked to put his question to the chief executive. 'If we were in a real, direct election campaign, electors would not need to stand up and raise their hands for an hour without asking any questions. His claim to be open and democratic are fake,' Mr Lee said after the forum. Another Democratic Party lawmaker, Fred Li Wah-ming, compared Mr Tsang unfavourably with his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa, recalling that the latter had taken oral questions from pan-democrats in a campaign forum in 2002. Mr Tsang's challenger, Alan Leong Kah-kit, who did not attend the forum, said: 'He just made what is already a small-circle election an even more closed-off process.' Mr Tsang said he had touched on about 100 questions in his 20-plus answers.