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DPP lawmaker expelled for not disclosing vote

OFF THE TEAM:The party's Central Review Committee voted to oust legislator-at-large Chiu Chang for violating party discipline by refusing to show her ballot in the vote for legislative vice speaker

By Lindy Yeh  /  STAFF REPORTER

DPP legislator Chiu Chang show statistics on bias against women at state-owned enterprises on March 8.

TAIPEI TIMES FILE PHOTO

The DPP Central Review Com-mittee yesterday decided to expel Legislator-at-large Chiu Chang (邱彰) from the party for allegedly spoiling her ballot in the legislative vice-speakership race on Feb. 1.

The party alleges that Chiu refused to show her ballot during the election, breaking a party resolution that required members to show how they voted. Chiu's refusal cast doubt on whether she had voted for the DPP candidate.

In response to the committee's decision, Chiu's voting witness Wang Sing-nan (王幸男), also a DPP lawmaker, said the decision was based on personal feuds within the party and reiterated that Chiu really did vote for the party's candidate, Hong Chi-chang (洪奇昌).

Chiu was quoted by the Central News Agency as vowing to appeal the decision to the party's Arbitration Committee.

But Chiu told the Taipei Times yesterday that she would respond to the decision in a press conference scheduled for this morning.

The Central Review Committee's ten members met yesterday for a second time to discuss disciplinary measures for Chiu.

Among the three actions the party could have taken -- warning, suspending party membership and expulsion from the party -- eight out of the 10 members voted to oust her.

The eight members who voted to expel Chiu were Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅), Lee Ming-hsien (李明憲), Chen Chao-lung (陳朝龍), Chen Chu (陳菊), Su Chia-fu (蘇嘉富), Tou Wen-ching (杜文卿), Hong Mao-kun (洪茂坤) and Chan Kuei-mu (張貴木). The two who voted against were Chu Tung-shou (朱銅樹) and the committee's chairwoman, Hsu Jong-shu (許榮淑).

KMT candidate Chiang Ping-kun (江丙坤) won the Feb. 1 election for vice speaker over DPP candidate Hong by nine votes in a second round of voting after neither secured a majority in the initial round.

Three of the four invalid ballots from the first round are suspected to have been spoiled by DPP lawmakers. But the DPP has never been able to prove that Chiu really spoiled her ballot.

Chiu was accused during the last legislative session by former party caucus whips of violating party discipline by refusing to show her ballot to the DPP's voting witness and also for shouting on the legislative floor.

Although the party has no proof Chiu spoiled her ballot, the committee's decision was nevertheless applauded by former legislative whip Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯).

"Since she refused to show her ballot to the party's witness and there were four spoiled ballots, we have reason to suspect that she cast an invalid vote by deliberately spoiling her ballot. As every faction of the party has its representative present in the committee, how can anyone suggest the decision was based on electoral feuding? If everyone behaved like her, how would you expect the party to impose discipline on its members?" Tsai said.

If Chiu fails in an appeal, her legislator-at-large seat would be filled by former lawmaker Lin Wen-lang (林文郎).

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