With prosecutors digging up more evidence of "black-gold" in the Kaohsiung City speakership race through raids on suspects' homes, party leaders yesterday vowed to discipline members involved in vote-buying.
\nSpokesmen for the country's three major political parties said yesterday that they support the prosecutors' investigation into the conduct of Kaohsiung City councilors.
\nAfter councilors from the pan-blue camp supported scandal-ridden independent councilor Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄) in the race, just a week after KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) proclaimed his party free of "black-gold," the party now says it is prepared to lose all its seats on Kaohsiung City Council, save one.
\nAs Chu won the speakership with 25 votes, it is believed that he received 11 votes from KMT councilors, seven from PFP councilors, and eight from independent ones.
\nKMT, which has 12 seats on the council, has scheduled to release on Tuesday a list of councilors that it found voted for Chu.
\nThe PFP has also vowed to get tough with its councilors who supported Chu.
\n"We will strictly discipline any party members found guilty by the prosecutors," PFP spokesman Hsieh Kong-ping (
PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES
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