The Legislature appears unable to confirm Control Yuan members before the winter break as the largest opposition Kuomintang said Wednesday it needs more time to recommend candidates for the watchdog's leadership posts.
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou said after a closed-door meeting with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng that he considered it more important to find qualified members than fill the positions, which have been vacant for nearly two years.
Last Friday, President Chen Shui-bian wrote major political parties a letter each, inviting them to help recommend candidates for Control Yuan members within a week. Chen further asked the Legislature to confirm the nominees before the end of this legislative session so that the Control Yuan can soon resume normal function.
The 29 members, named and appointed by the president with the consent of the Legislature, are responsible for correcting government officials at all levels and supervising the government as a whole.
Ma said the recommendation process would take at least 10 or 14 days, as his party would have to consult private and public sectors before finalizing its list of candidates.
The KMT chair said he also hoped the Control Yuan could resume normal function promptly but believed that quality should be assigned more importance than speed in dealing with the matter.
Ma added that his party would have difficulty recommending any candidate if it must do so within a week as there are only two days left.
Wang echoed the theme that the Presidential Office should be more flexible about the deadline though all legislative caucuses share the opinion the matter should be wrapped up as soon as possible.
Still, the speaker said the KMT will recommend candidates as it sees fit.
According to Wang, the opposition People First Party has promised to make known its recommended candidates by January 6 and the Taiwan Solidarity Union already has favored candidates.
The speaker said the Legislature may still be able to confirm Control Yuan nominees before the winter break if the Presidential Office can turn over the list of candidates in time.
The current legislative session is due to end on January 19.