Fri, Apr 02, 2004 - Page 1 News List

KMT-PFP alliance wants to examine only ballots cast in favor of Chen, Lu

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The pan-blue camp will ask judges to examine and recount only the valid ballots cast in favor of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), the opposition parties said yesterday.

In response to the pan-blue camp's request, one of the lawyers representing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Wellington Koo (顧立雄), said yesterday the DPP will ask for a review of all the votes.

"Since a recount will be held, we should have a complete recount, which means we review, examine and recount every single valid and invalid ballot," Koo said.

LISTS AND STAMPS

Koo said that the pan-blue camp had also proposed that voters' name lists and the stamps used to mark the ballots -- which are provided by the Central Election Commission to local polling stations -- also be examined.

The DPP does not endorse that proposal, either, the lawyer said.

Both the DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-People First Party (PFP) alliance agreed that the recount should be carried out and overseen by local district courts, so that it will not take too much time.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan High Court will today hear the suit filed by the KMT-PFP alliance against the legality of the re-election of Chen and Lu.

Today's hearing will be presided over by Judge Wu Ching-yuan (吳景源), who will be joined by his fellow judges, Cheng Chun-hui (鄭純惠) and Teng Yun-chieh (滕允潔).

NO ATTENDANCE

KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) said that both KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) will not attend today's hearing, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that Chen and Lu will not show up, either.

For today's hearing, the KMT-PFP alliance will be represented by lawyers Tsai Yu-ling (蔡玉玲), Lin Mei-ching (林玫卿), Lee Yi-kwang (李宜光), Yu Ta-wei (俞大衛) and Hanson Chiang (姜志俊).

The DPP will be represented by lawyers Koo, Joseph Lin (林永頌), Johnson Chuang (莊勝榮), Lin Chih-hao (林志豪), Hung Kwei-san (洪貴參) and Lo Bing-cheng (羅秉成).

Taiwan High Court Spokesman Wen Yau-yuan (溫耀源) said that the judges will decide how the recount shall proceed after the hearings.

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