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Taiwan DPP to discuss Yunlin lawmaker by-election on July 8

A file photo of Kuomingtang lawmaker Chang Shuo-wen. Chang's election was nullified by court on June 30 for vote-buying.

A file photo of Kuomingtang lawmaker Chang Shuo-wen. Chang's election was nullified by court on June 30 for vote-buying.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kuomingtang lawmaker Chang Shuo-wen’s (張碩文) election was ruled on Tuesday as invalid, and a by-election should be held in three months in accordance with the law. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislative caucus whip Tsai Tong-rong (蔡同榮) today said that the party will discuss the case on July 8.

During the seventh term lawmaker election in January 2008, Liu Jian-guo (劉建國), DPP candidate in Yunlin County’s second constituency, filed a lawsuit against Chang alleging his invalid election for suspicion of vote-buying. Yunlin District Court nullified Chang’s election last November, and Chang’s appeal was overruled by the collegiate bench of Tainan High Court on Tuesday, upholding the decision made in first instance. The case cannot be appealed.

In the central standing committee held by the DPP on Wednesday afternoon, Tainan City mayor Hsu Tien-tsai (許添財) said Liu won the case by filing a suit on his own, which deserves the salute from all party members. However, it should be up to the party to decide on the candidate for by-election, said Hsu.

DPP Legislator Wang Hsing-nan (王幸男) said Liu is a good pick, but if the ruling KMT chooses former lawmaker Hsu Shu-po (許舒博), a powerful candidate, the DPP should send out the strongest choice for election. “It is a pity to lose a winning opportunity,” said Wang.

Now, some members allege Liu should be granted the chance since he won the legal case while others think the winning of by-election is most important, said Tsai. Thus, a meeting will be held next Wednesday to discuss the case.

Hsu last month withdrew from KMT primary for Yunlin County magistrate and accepted the seat of chairperson of Taipei 101 the next day. However, the decision drew criticism from the public, and was withdrawn within a couple of days reportedly under the order from President Ma Ying-jeou. Hsu recently showed up to reaffirm his promise that he would not re-join the primary.

by Taiwan News, Staff Writer


Updated : 2021-07-26 13:27 GMT+08:00