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Defeated KMT lawmaker accuses rival of wrongdoing, ruling party of cover-up

Defeated KMT lawmaker accuses rival of wrongdoing, ruling party of cover-up

A Kuomintang lawmaker defeated in the party primary for the year-end legislative election accused his rival of using "nominal members" to get nominated and his party of covering up the wrongdoing. Meanwhile, another legislator vowed to defy his party's rule by entering the election despite his defeat in the primary.
In response to the brawl concerning the legislative primary, former KMT chairman and party presidential hopeful Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that he would not back anyone who lost in the legislative primary but insists on running on their own in violation of party rules.
KMT legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華), who scored 42.5 percent, lost out to his party colleague Chang Ching-chung, who got 57.5, in the legislative primary for a district in Taipei County. The score was based on a combination of opinion poll results and a vote by party members.
In a press conference, Lee pointed out anomalies in some party membership records and suspected that Chang had introduced more than 5,000 nominal members into the district to help him win the primary.
According to Lee, the roster of party members in the district published by the party's Jhonghe City headquarters contained several alleys and streets where an unusual large number of KMT members live. These members had different addresses but shared same residence telephone or cell phone numbers, he added.
After he made two complaints over the phone, the party's local headquarters scrapped out the records of 54 members who all used the phone number of Chang's service office to register for the voting, Lee said.
Unsatisfied by the local headquarters' handling of the matter, Lee questioned why the headquarters had not removed other nominal members from the voting registration, and threatened to take more drastic action if the party's headquarters did not address the issue of nominal members.
Chang, however, did not directly reply to Lee's accusation, saying that he could not stop Lee from saying whatever he wanted to say.
KMT Secretary-General Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said the party headquarters will not be blind to Lee's complaint, but added that the party will listen to both sides of the dispute.
Meanwhile, Ko Chun-hsiung lost to People First Party-turned KMT Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang in another district, and vowed to enter the legislative election despite his loss.
KMT Spokesman Su Jun-pin said party members questioning the "unfair practices" of the legislative primary need to backed up their accusations with evidence. The party will resort to party discipline to sanction those who make unsubstantiated accusations or those who insist to run in violation of party rules, Su added.


Updated : 2021-08-04 04:42 GMT+08:00