Fri, Mar 26, 2004 - Page 1 News List

CEC gears up for official announcement of results

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Election Commission (CEC) will hold a meeting today to discuss how to handle the official announcement of the presidential election result later in the day.

The meeting is standard procedure under election law.

"According to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law (總統副總統選舉罷免法), the CEC is required to officially announce the result of the election within seven days of the vote," said Lai Chin-kuang (賴錦珖), the head of the commission's law unit.

The pan-blue camp yesterday urged the CEC to postpone the announcement until after the legislature has reached a conclusion on amending the law to allow a recount.

CEC Chairman George Huang (黃石城) said in a television interview that, by law, the announcement must be made today.

The pan-blue camp candidates are allowed to launch a case calling for the election to be invalidated within 15 days of the CEC officially announcing the result and have 30 days to launch a suit calling for a new election.

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