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DPP accuses KMT of vote-buying in Hsinchu

DPP accuses KMT of vote-buying in Hsinchu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Democratic Progressive Party said Tuesday that a massive dinner amounted to vote-buying by the Kuomintang on behalf of its legislative candidate in Hsinchu City.
Presidential and legislative elections scheduled for January 16 are widely expected to result in a victory for the DPP, but allegations of vote-buying have been rife, as in previous elections.
At a news conference Tuesday, DPP politicians presented a video recording of a dinner with an estimated 1,000 tables in Hsinchu on December 26. KMT legislative candidate Cheng Cheng-chien went from table to table to toast the diners, while the host also presented KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan and text messages described the event as a campaign dinner for Cheng and for presidential candidate Eric Liluan Chu, the DPP said.
The opposition party called on prosecutors to investigate the event and on the KMT to publish its campaign income and spending. The ruling party was unable to take part in elections without buying votes, the DPP said.
A KMT official responded that the event was a common year-end dinner which had police present to record it on video. Nobody present ever conducted any actions that could be described as campaigning for a candidate, the official said. There were no banners, no folders, no shouting related to the elections, according to the KMT official.
DPP campaign official Su Jia-chyuan countered that the KMT’s Hsinchu City Council caucus had never organized a year-end thanksgiving dinner before, but was suddenly doing so just weeks before a key election.
Because an alleged 10,000 voters had been invited by Cheng, the KMT could use the event to influence the election in a district counting only 200,000 voters, Su said.


Updated : 2021-06-24 18:34 GMT+08:00