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Tsai wants KMT to come clean over Tainan speaker election

Tsai wants KMT to come clean over Tainan speaker election

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The ruling Kuomintang should come clean over the contested election of Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao, Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday.
Lee, a former KMT lawmaker, succeeded in winning the December 25 speakership election despite the DPP holding a majority on the council, resulting in widespread accusations of vote buying.
Prosecutors have already launched a case to ask for the annulment of Lee’s election to the council, but the KMT has failed to respond, Tsai said. A campaign official for Lee was accused of buying votes during the campaign for the November 29 county election.
After Lee was elected speaker, the DPP expelled five of its own members because they failed to vote for the official party candidate. Yet with serious legal allegations now brewing against Lee, the KMT still failed to take any action, Tsai said.
The fact that prosecutors even wanted to have his election declared invalid showed that they were certain of their case and that there was evidence against Lee, she added.
If the DPP was brave enough to throw out its own councilors suspected of involvement in bribery, then the KMT should face the truth and follow suit, Tsai said.
As a result of the allegations against Lee, Tainan City Mayor William Lai declared he and members of his government team would not be present at city council sessions. The decision was attacked by government officials as illegal, but Lai said he was only responding to public opinion.
If Lee was found not guilty by the courts, he would admit to his mistake, the mayor reportedly said.
Across the country, a total of at least 174 elected officials were sued to have their election annulled, reports said, making it the highest total for local elections often marred by allegations of vote buying.


Updated : 2021-09-17 02:46 GMT+08:00