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Pingtung prosecutors to invalidate 22 election victories

Pingtung prosecutors to invalidate 22 election victories

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) The Pingtung District Prosecutors Office on Monday have filed charges to invalidate the election victories of 22 newly elected local government officials on suspicions that they had committed electoral fraud. Officials listed by prosecutors include newly elected Pingtung County Council member Hung Tzu-ching, who made a name for herself standing up for fishermen's rights in the aftermath of a Philippine Coast Guard attack on a Taiwanese fishing boat that resulted in the death of her father. Hung, a novice to politics, pledged to defend her innocence through legal proceedings. Prosecutors noted that the charges were established by a task force comprised of seven prosecutors who acted on the leads provided by 1,017 confidential informants. Their efforts yielded 32 suspected violations of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act. Prosecutors said they also looked into 390 tip-offs of electoral fraud, and that of the 93 phone calls received by its anti-vote buying office, 43 informers identified themselves when reporting to authorities. The electoral fraud task force detained 41 individuals, summoned 848 witnesses, and released 56 defendants on bail. In addition to Hung, prosecutors listed four township chiefs, seven township councilors and eight village and ward chiefs as defendants. (Kuo Chu-chen and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-02-28 18:29 GMT+08:00