Seeking to end the deadlock over the Control Yuan members, President Chen Shui-bian on December 22 invited major political parties to recommend candidates to the watchdog's leadership posts.
By doing so, Chen apparently bowed to the opposition parties' demand that the 29 Control Yuan member's seats be divided among political parties in ratio with their seats in the Legislature.
With a majority control in the Legislature, opposition Kuomintang and People First Party lawmakers had refused to review Chen's former Control Yuan nominees, rendering the body paralyzed for nearly two years.
Chen's concession appears effective in placating opposition parties, which have voiced willingness to recommend Control Yuan members and promise to speed up the confirmation process.
We find such politicking deplorable as it violates the principle of political neutrality required of all Control Yuan members, whose main duty is to oversee and correct government officials at all levels.
It will not be surprising if all parties only recommend candidates with similar views and ideologies and the watchdog agency fails to stay above partisan divides later.
Fortunately, there is still time for Chen to avoid the scenario and nominate Control Yuan members himself, in keeping with a constitutional stipulation. Failing that, he will have to pay a heavy price.