The Democratic Party says it is unfair it has been singled out for criticism in the electoral reform saga. Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan asked yesterday why other pan-democrats had not been criticised, saying they had also failed to honour their pledge in the 2008 election to fight for universal suffrage in 2012. Ho noted that his party's compromise on the reform package was a transitional arrangement and it had not given up the fight for universal suffrage. Ho, and several representatives from the so-called moderate faction of the pan-democratic camp, attended a seminar to answer queries from critics over their backing of the government reform package and their talks with Beijing officials. The party has come under heavy public criticism after it made a last-minute U-turn and agreed to back a set of limited changes to the electoral arrangements for 2012 polls, after a series of talks with Beijing envoys. Under the proposal endorsed last month by Legco, 10 new seats will be created - five in the geographical constituencies and five in the functional constituency for district councils, with candidates for the latter picked by elected district councillors and elected by all voters without a vote in any of the other functional constituencies. Some 70 people showed up at yesterday's two-hour session at a community centre in Lai King. The party was accused of betraying its principles and Hong Kong. Ho, asked about the party's election platform in 2008, said: 'We could not have known the electoral reform issues in 2008. And things have changed over the course of time.' He said other pan-democratic parties had also vowed to fight for universal suffrage in 2012. 'If those criticisms against us are valid, why do people not criticise other pan-democratic parties? They are also not honouring their promises if they accept the roadmap about 2017 and 2020,' Ho said, referring to Beijing's decision that Hong Kong people could only directly elect the chief executive in 2017 at the earliest and that all members of the legislature may only be returned by universal suffrage in 2020. Hardline democracy legislators opposed the Democrats' package, arguing it would only further entrench an election system already biased towards Beijing. The government's acceptance of the Democrats' package also upset Beijing loyalists in Hong Kong, who were forced to make a U-turn to support their rivals. In an apparent move to pacify them, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his wife hosted a barbecue lunch at their Fanling villa for 50 core members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, a University of Hong Kong poll showed support for the Democrats' proposals fell when more details were made known. Of the 1,002 people polled, 51.9 per cent said they 'very much' or 'somewhat' supported the package. But it fell to 27.5 per cent when told the government had not promised to scrap functional constituencies by 2020.