Thu, Dec 20, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Cabinet warns local election personnel

'REMOVE ALL OBSTACLES' The Executive Yuan said it was not trying to intimidate local election officials, but they had to do their duty or face the consequences

By Ko Shu-ling and Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTERS

The KMT caucus also slammed the CEC yesterday, raising fears of electoral fraud if the CEC officially announces the results of next month's legislative elections one week after the poll.

KMT caucus whip Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) told a press conference that the CEC was trying to stir up chaos.

"[CEC Secretary-General] Teng Tien-yu (鄧天祐) said on Monday that since voters will receive four different ballots on polling day, there will be 24 possibilities [of how ballots could be cast]," she said.

"If the CEC really enjoys the authority to decide who wins the elections one week after the elections, why would we still need to hold elections? The CEC could just designate [the legislators] they prefer," she said.

DPP Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) responded at a separate setting yesterday by saying that nothing had changed.

Finalizing election results within seven days of the election has always been mandated by the Election and Recall Law of Civil Servants (公職人員選舉罷免法), he said.

At CEC headquarters, representatives from smaller political parties yesterday used the drawing of the order for parties listed on the legislator-at-large ticket to complain that the commission had treated them unfairly.

Legislator-at-large candidates from the New Party -- including current KMT Legislator Joanna Lei (雷倩), who changed parties after failing to secure KMT support for this poll -- the Home Party, the Taiwan Farmers Party, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), the Third Society Party and the Hakka Party said that the current version of a CEC poster explaining the new "single district, two vote" system only listed the DPP, the KMT, the People First Party, the TSU and the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU).

Teng promised to print a new poster with the names and numbers of every party on the ballot.

In the new system, only one lawmaker will be elected from geographical districts.

But voters will cast a second ballot for a political party. The parties will then have extra legislators elected based on the proportion of the vote received.

In yesterday's draw, the Civil Party was listed first on the ballot, the Alliance for a New Constitution was second, the TSU third, the Third Society Party fourth, the DPP fifth, the New Party sixth, Green Party Taiwan seventh, the Taiwan Farmers Party eighth, the NPSU ninth, the KMT 10th, the Home Party 11th and the Hakka Party 12th.

Elsewhere, former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday urged the public to vote in favor of the two referendums that seek UN membership for Taiwan during the presidential election in March.

Although local parties have different proposals, Taiwanese must tell the world that they are unanimous in wanting to join the UN, Lin said.

Lin said he was baffled by opposition to the UN referendum in Washington and Beijing.

The process would only help Beijing better understand the demands of Taiwanese people, he said.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and Flora Wang

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