DPP plans to form constitutional reform committee

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will introduce a bill to form a legislative committee that will push for changes to the Constitution, DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu said Monday. The proposal, which is aimed at disbanding the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan and lowering the voting age, came at the end of the first day of a two-day meeting the DPP is holding in Taichung prior to the start of an extra session of the Legislature on June 13. The party meeting is expected to address issues that will likely come up at the Legislature's extraordinary session, including a trade-in-services agreement with China, a bill for monitoring cross-strait agreements, a special act governing free economic pilot zones and the appointment of Control and Examination Yuan members. Wu said at a press conference after the first day of meeting that the DPP will submit a proposal to amend the Examination Yuan Organization Act stipulating the number of members of the Yuan and its functions consistent with constitutional requirements. DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said that trimming the number of Control Yuan members will need amending the Constitution, while cutting the number of Examination Yuan members will require a revision to the Examination Yuan Organization Act. The DPP's version of the amendment aims to cut the number of the Examination Yuan members to nine, with getting rid of the organization the party's ultimate goal. At Monday's meeting, the DPP also concluded that a complete mechanism for monitoring cross-strait agreements should be established to allow the participation of citizens and ensure that relevant information be made open and transparent. (By Justin Su and Evelyn Kao)