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Huang files suit asking to nullify Kaohsiung poll

Huang files suit asking to nullify Kaohsiung poll

Kuomintang Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英) yesterday filed a suit asking the court to invalidate the results of the December 9 Kaohsiung mayoral election, which he lost by 1,114 votes, or 0.14 percent of the valid ballots, to the Democratic Progressive Party's Chen Chu (陳菊).
Huang claimed that the Chen campaign's use of tactics such as spreading false rumors about his alleged involvement in vote-buying made the election unfair and cost him the mayoral race.
On the day before the election, Chen's campaign accused Huang's camp of handing out NT$500 bribes to participants at a Huang election rally.
Several hours before the polls opened, Chen's camp held a press conference at which videotape was shown of a man giving money to passengers on a bus and urging them to vote for Huang. The vote-buying accusation was repeatedly aired on pro-DPP news channels on polling day, an action that Huang's camp claimed adversely impacted on his chances of winning the election.
Soon after the election, Huang filed a suit against Chen, claiming that she had undermined his chances of being elected, and he also demanded a recount.
The KMT candidate, accompanied by supporters and KMT Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kung yesterday, asked the Kaohsiung District Court to invalidate the results of the election. Chiang stressed that Huang's suit was aimed at protecting the values of democracy.
"Protect the values of democracy, give Kaohsiung residents justice," the group of Huang supporters shouted.
Huang claimed that Chen had tarnished his reputation by dishonest means, which included spreading false rumors during the campaign.
Chen, who was sworn in as Kaohsiung City mayor on Monday, responded that she is now concentrating on municipal affairs, but that she respects Huang's right to take legal action against her.


Updated : 2020-12-04 00:13 GMT+08:00