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Examination Yuan calls for civil servant neutrality ahead of elections

Examination Yuan calls for civil servant neutrality ahead of elections

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) The Examination Yuan on Thursday called on the nation's civil servants to strictly abide by principles of administrative neutrality in the lead up to nationwide local elections next month. Wu Jin-lin, head of the government branch governing civil service, called for neutrality before the Nov. 29 elections for mayors and local representatives, which have been called Taiwan's mid-term elections because they are expected to set the stage for the 2016 presidential and legislative elections. Lee Jih-shyuan, secretary-general of the Examination Yuan, said that between 700,000 and 800,000 civil servants across the country have taken courses on administrative neutrality and are familiar with the principle of keeping administrative duties independent from political leanings. The Ministry of Civil Service under the Examination Yuan issued a notice to government agencies on Sept. 29 to abide by neutrality rules. Among these, it is "not appropriate" for civil servants to connect to social media such as Facebook or Plurk during office hours or to do so using office equipment, the ministry said. It told civil servants they are barred from using their authority or other opportunities presented by their position to ask others to follow a specific candidate's Facebook or publicly support a specific party, group or candidate. If civil servants are found to violate the rules of administrative neutrality, they will be disciplined, the ministry said. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-12 09:01 GMT+08:00