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Vote-buying suspect turns himself in

Vote-buying suspect turns himself in

The main suspect in a vote-buying scandal turned himself in yesterday morning and confessed that he was acting under the direction of a man named Yang Ching-teh when he and another man passed out money to two busloads of voters on the eve of the Kaohisung municipal election last Saturday.
Yang reportedly left the country on a 7:45 flight headed for Hong Kong on Wednesday night.
Gu Hsin-ming, nicknamed "Gu Yi," surprised the Kaohsiung City prosecutors around midnight last night when he appeared at the office with his lawyer. Gu, who rented the bus on the night in question, first confessed to passing out his own money to the voters of his own free will. But after several hours of questioning, he switched his story and said he was following Yang's instructions.
Gu's statements, however, did not shed any light on who was the main person behind the alleged vote-buying incident. Both Gu and his accomplice Tsai Neng-hsiang, nicknamed "Hei Song," have said only that the money was intended to sway voters to cast their ballots for a "certain" mayoral candidate and a city councilor hopeful, but have not named anyone.
The incident was first revealed when five of Democratic Progressive Party mayor-elect Chen Chu's (陳菊) youth volunteers posed as Kuomintang candidate Huang Jun-yin's supporters on the eve of the election, and filmed Gu and Tsai passing out NT$500 to each of the passengers on two buses headed for Huang's election eve rally.
The DPP trumpeted the video as incriminating evidence that Huang was crooked and aired the footage repeatedly on the day of the election. After losing by a mere 1,114 votes of the total of almost 80,000 valid ballots cast, Huang accused his rival of tarnishing his reputation and blamed his marginal loss on the airing of the video.


Updated : 2021-05-14 09:10 GMT+08:00