Fri, Mar 21, 2008 - Page 1 News List

DPP accuses KMT of resorting to `non-traditional' tricks

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

The "Voting Booth" project asks volunteers to solicit support by telephone before the election, while providing a pick-up service that would take disabled or elderly members to vote, he said.

KEY PERIODS

Party members are urged to cast their votes between 12pm and 1pm or between 3pm and 4pm and examine the situation at the voting booths, as election fraud would most likely occur during those periods, Lee said.

The "Bee" project, meanwhile, asks volunteers in the south to broadcast clarifications by the KMT to counter accusations and rumors spread by unlicensed pro-green radio stations.

Lai said the "Blue Eagle Project" was similar to a DPP program.

Yu Ta-wei (俞大衛), another Ma camp lawyer, accused Hsieh of "attempting to influence voters' decisions by making serious allegations less than 36 hours before the election, during which time voters have limited time to seek the truth."

"Hsieh's allegations are nonsense. Vote-buying means giving voters benefits in order to get their vote. The KMT's `Blue Eagle Project' has nothing to do with vote-buying," Yu said at a press conference.

LEGAL

Chang said providing voters with transportation to voting stations was legal, adding that many DPP legislators also offered transportation during the legislative primaries last year.

In related developments, the KMT established a 24-hour emergency management taskforce yesterday.

KMT deputy secretary-general Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) told a press conference that caucus members would be on duty around the clock ahead of the election.

"The DPP is expected to resort to many election-eve dirty tricks," Hsieh Kuo-liang said, adding that the party had established contacts with major government agencies such as the National Security Bureau in preparation for any election-eve emergencies.

Also yesterday, KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said his camp would spare no effort to prevent dirty tricks, while dismissing a report in the Liberty Times that he had already picked future Cabinet members.

"I've asked all aides and staff not to discuss the post-election personnel issue. Whoever talked about the issue will be asked to leave my team," Ma said yesterday while campaigning in Kaohsiung.

The story said that Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄), president of Soochow University and a former vice premier, would serve as premier and that Taoyuan County Commissioner Chu Li-lun (朱立倫) would be the deputy secretary-general of the Executive Yuan.

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