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Open review of PTS board: watchdog

KEEPING IT QUIET:An expert on the PTS says that in the past, nomination reviews were so secretive that people often didn’t know they had been nominated until later

By Liu Li-jen  /  Staff reporter

Members of the review committee were therefore forced to carry out evaluations without adequate background checks on candidates or thorough preparations, turning the review process into something of “an impromptu question-and-answer session,” he said.

A newly established agency like the Ministry of Culture should model the appointment process for PTS board members on the mechanism for choosing National Communications Commission members, which includes public ly disclosing nominees prior to official review, he said.

The act stipulates that the PTS’ governing body must consists of between 17 and 21 board members, with between three and five supervisors. It adds that a review committee of between 11 and 15 members be recommended by political parties according to the number of seats each party has in the legislature. An evaluation of the Executive Yuan’s nomination list should then be conducted.

According to Huang Shih-shin (黃世鑫), a review committee member recommended by the Democratic Progressive Party, the ministry had insisted on disclosing the nomination list to the committee on Friday, three hours before the actual review meeting.

Translated by Stacy Hsu, staff writer

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