Thu, May 22, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Control Yuan wants to review delay in warden elections

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of the Control Yuan yesterday proposed corrective measures against the Taipei City Government for its six-month delay in holding borough warden elections last year.

"The city government's reason for postponing the voting date, that it was rezoning district boroughs, was not enough to meet the legitimacy of altering the polling day," the corrective papers stated.

The legitimacy cited by the Control Yuan refers to the Law on Local Government Systems (地方制度法), which stipulates that the local government could only modify the scheduled polling day for certain significant reasons. It was not clear whether the reasons given were sigtnificant enough.

The last-minute postponement by the city authorities failed to protect the interests of candidates who had already begun campaigning, the report argued.

The city government in addition disobeyed the legal procedure of petitioning for an interpretation of the Constitution by the Grand Justices by failing to complete a compulsory administrative order after the interpretation has been made, according to the report.

The postponement of the city's warden elections was announced by Taipei City Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on April 8 last year, only two months before the scheduled voting date in June.

The mayor explained that the election needed to be deferred to Jan. 8 since his administration would not be able to finalize a rezoning of the city's boroughs.

The delay generated objections, including 68 borough wardens petitioning the Control Yuan on Jan. 23 for impeachment of the KMT mayor.

They claimed that Ma delayed the warden vote to make sure that his trusty team of vote captains remained in place throughout his own re-election campaign for mayor, which was decided on Dec. 7 last year.

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