Court sessions begin for lawsuit to annul Taipei mayoral election

The defeated KMT candidate Ting Shou-chung cries foul at the Nov. 24 local elections

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Ting Shou-chung (Photo/FB@tingshouchung)

Ting Shou-chung (Photo/FB@tingshouchung)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Court sessions for the lawsuit filed by Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) to invalidate the Taipei mayoral election commenced on the morning of Dec. 24 at the Taipei District Court.

According to results of a recount requested by Ting, the victory of incumbent independent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was reaffirmed with 580,663 votes against Ting’s 577,096.

Ting, who believes there was foul play involved in the election, accused the Central Election Commission and Taipei City Election Commission of vote rigging, among other kinds of election fraud, reported Liberty Times.

The alleged illegal acts which Ting said would be cited in court include voters obtaining ballots using their fingerprint without the election staff’s seals as witness; voters signing with nicknames or English names; unsealed ballot envelopes, and more, wrote the report.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Ting reiterated that the litigation is aimed at holding election authorities accountable for contravening regulations and election manipulation, providing an opportunity to examine and correct flaws found with Taiwan’s electoral system, and to prevent absurdities such as ballot counting being conducted while voting continues.