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Prosecutors want election Tainan speaker invalidated

Prosecutors want election Tainan speaker invalidated

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors on Wednesday submitted a request to have the election of Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao invalidated, while the opposition Democratic Progressive Party expelled five of its city councilors who failed to support its candidate.
When the newly elected Tainan City Council convened on December 25 to elect a new speaker, Kuomintang candidate Lee surprisingly won the election even though the DPP held a majority of seats on the council.
The opposition party leadership accused the KMT of buying the votes of its dissident councilors.
The Tainan District Prosecutors Office said Wednesday it was taking action to have Lee’s election as city councilor be declared invalid. He was the first councilor to be targeted for such action, though prosecutors also wanted the election of ten neighborhood wardens to be ruled invalid.
A campaigner for Lee and another individual were reportedly detained over allegations they bought votes for the KMT candidate.
Lee told reporters he did not accept the accusations that his election was not valid.
In a separate development, the DPP’s Central Review Committee agreed Wednesday to remove the party membership of the five Tainan City councilors who reportedly failed to cast their ballot for the party’s candidate for speaker, thus allowing Lee to win.
The committee heard all the accused but still decided they should be targeted for disciplinary action. During the speaker elections nationwide, the DPP had demanded the councilors show their ballots so it could be seen they had voted for the party’s own candidates. Several refused to do so, including apparently the Tainan City politicians.
Video recordings of the vote failed to show clearly what the five councilors did because there was too much chaos at the site, reports said.
The Tainan speaker vote did not only lead to allegations of vote buying against the KMT, but also to squabbling within the DPP in a case of alleged factional infighting, reports said.


Updated : 2021-06-21 15:03 GMT+08:00