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CABINET UNVEILS DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO NCC ORGANIC LAW

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) The Executive Yuan has drafted a package of amendments to the controversial Organic Law of the National Communications Commission (NCC) in an effort to bring the act into line with the country's Constitution.
According to Article 4 of the current NCC Organic Law, the commission should be formed by commissioners recommended by political parties in terms of the ratio of seats each of the parties holds in the legislature. The Council of Grand Justices ruled in July that the provision is "unconstitutional" because it infringes upon the executive branch's power with regard to personnel appointment.
The Cabinet-level Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) has come up with a revision to the provision that authorizes the premier to nominate NCC commissioners for the president to appoint.
The Executive Yuan passed the draft revision at its weekly meeting Wednesday.
The approved draft package also includes new provisions that allow the Executive Yuan to dismiss unsuitable, unqualified or incompetent NCC chairmen, vice chairmen and individual commissioners.
Also included in the package is a "sunset clause" that stipulates that NCC chairmen, vice chairmen or commissioners who were appointed before the passage of the proposed law revisions shall lose their positions on the day when new commissioners are appointed.
Speaking at the Executive Yuan meeting Wednesday, Premier Su Tseng-chang said the draft revisions are in perfect congruence with the principles of political accountability and division of power enshrined in the Constitution.
The draft revisions will be referred to the Legislative Yuan for deliberation and approval. Su said he understands that it won't be easy for the package to clear the opposition-controlled legislature.
The premier directed the RDEC and the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to step up communications with opposition parties to seek their support and to enhance the public's awareness of the Executive Yuan's efforts to uphold the spirit and provisions of the Constitution.
In its July 21 ruling, the Council of Grand Justices also ruled that the NCC will lose its validity by Dec. 31, 2008 at the latest.
At Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, an RDEC-initiated package of revisions to Article 21 of the Standard Organic Law of Central Government Agencies that authorize the premier to name the head of a second-tier administrative agency for the president to appoint were passed.
Under the current regulations, the head of a second-tier government agency should be appointed by the head of the superior agency with the consent of the legislature.
The opposition Kuomintang and its ally -- the People First Party -- have voiced strong opposition to the Executive Yuan-proposed law revisions, pledging to stonewall them on the legislative floor. The two "pan-blue alliance" parties hold a slim majority in the legislature.
(By Sofia Wu) ENDITEM/Li


Updated : 2021-10-18 20:01 GMT+08:00