The People First Party (PFP) caucus yesterday filed a lawsuit against Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) and two other Cabinet officials, saying that the Cabinet's UN campaign violated the Referendum Law (公投法) and Election and Recall Law of Civil Servants (公務人員選舉罷免法).
PFP Legislator Chang Hsien-yao (
The referendum bid, he said, had become the main focus of the DPP's presidential campaign.
"In other words, they have also violated the Election and Recall Law of Civil Servants because they have spent public funds and resources on campaigning for a certain party," Chang said.
The other two Cabinet officials sued by the caucus were Cabinet spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey (
Chang said Article 13 of the Referendum Law stated that government agencies are not allowed to undertake activities related to referendum proposals, and that officials who violate the law could face jail sentences of between six months and three years.
"Before a referendum, the Referendum Law is meant to ensure that the people can enjoy their rights to express their preference freely," Chang said.
In response, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun (
Chen said a majority of the Taiwanese wanted to see the nation become a member of the UN.
"It is also the consensus of the governing and opposition parties and it is government policy to reach that goal," Chen said. "It makes perfect sense to promote government policy on various occasions and through different approaches."
Stamping domestic and international mail with the logo of the UN membership bid is one of them, he said, and the initiative should continue.
Chen was referring to allegations by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers on Tuesday that the Taiwan Post Co had violated administrative impartiality by stamping envelopes with the logo for the UN bid.
DPP legislative caucus whip Wang Tuoh (
"I am very confused as to why our pan-blue friends are so angry," Wang said.
He said that, under the KMT government, the post office had stamped slogans such as "Speed up the process of unification with China under the Three Principles of the People" and "Fight off communism" on mail.
"So why is it that when the KMT did it, that was okay, but what we're doing is wrong?" Wang said. "Don't you think that's a double standard?"
Meanwhile, KMT caucus whip Kuo Su-chun (
The proposal must meet a second signature quota of 5 percent of the nation's eligible voters -- 830,000 people -- in order to take place.
Kuo said at a press conference that she had a friend who is a public official, who had been granted paid leave by her supervisor to travel home to the south and collect signatures from friends.