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DPP says KMT traded seats for cash

LEGISLATORS-AT-LARGEThe DPP criticized the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for excluding Steve Chan and including convicted criminal Chiu Yi on a list of nominations

By Mo Yan-chih, Flora Wang and Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTERS

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday requested an investigation into the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) nominations for legislator-at-large seats.

DPP Culture and Information Department Director Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓) described the nomination process as an "under-the-table deal" and a "scam" in which money had changed hands.

"Prosecutors and investigators should look into the matter and determine whether vote-buying took place," she said.

Hsieh also accused the KMT of using the media to deceive Steve Chan (詹啟賢), a top aide of KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九), into thinking that he would be nominated for a legislator-at-large post, only to let him down.

Chiu Yi

Hsieh also questioned the KMT's commitment to reform as convicted criminal Chiu Yi (邱毅) was nominated for a legislator-at-large position. Chiu was sentenced to 14 months in prison for his violent conduct during a protest at the Kaohsiung District Court following the 2004 presidential election.

Chiu began serving his sentence in April, but was released under a commutation statute imposed to mark the 20th anniversary of the lifting of martial law and the 60th anniversary of the 228 Incident -- a civilian uprising against the then-KMT government that led to a bloody massacre.

At a separate setting yesterday, Chan expressed anger at perceived lingering suspicions within the KMT over his connection with the March 19, 2004, assassination attempts (also known as the "319 shooting incident") on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮).

Several KMT members believe the shootings were staged to win Chen and Lu sympathy votes. Some suspect that Chan, who was dean of the Chi Mei Medical Center where Chen and Lu were treated following the shooting incident, helped to perpetrate a hoax by forging medical reports.

Chan yesterday threatened to quit Ma's campaign team and promised to give a full report on the shooting incident to the KMT Central Standing Committee.

"I am asking for the opportunity to explain the 319 shooting incident to party members directly," Chan said.

doubt

"If [KMT members] continue to voice their doubts about me, I will leave the campaign team because I don't want to cause any harm. But if there are no more doubts, then people should stop manipulating the issue," he said.

Chan said he accepted the party's decision not to nominate him for a legislator-at-large position, but would not tolerate continued accusations.

Ma said he was surprised by the party's decision not to nominate Chan, but insisted Chan would continue to play a crucial role in his campaign team.

"I do not suspect Chan and it's not fair for others to accuse him," Ma said yesterday during a visit to Neihu Technology Park.

Ma said he had not participated in the process of nominating legislator-at-large candidates, but said he understood it was necessary to ensure that certain legislators were reelected.

The single-district, two votes system that comes into effect next year will halve the number of legislative seats.

KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (U5433U4f2fU96c4) said he would take responsibility for the list and denied anything improper had occurred.

252I assure you that the KMT only nominated appropriate candidates,272 Wu said.

Wu denied the 252319 shooting incident272 played a role in the decision not to nominate Chan.

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