President Chen Shui-bian (
Speaking at the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting, the party's highest decision-making body, Chen -- the party's chairman -- said yesterday "the nomination list of legislators-at-large is tantamount to the party's image, and society sees it as an index of whether the DPP has shifted away from its core values in pushing for reform. Therefore, the DPP is obligated to come up with a nomination list to convince the public."
"The spirit of endeavoring for progress and reform is what a mature ruling party should have," Chen told the closed-door CEC meeting yesterday, in which the vote-buying issue in the primary was still the focus of the discussion.
Chen yesterday instructed a group of party officials to revamp part of the party regulations stipulating the legislator-at-large primary.
The revisions will be presented at the next party congress slated to be convened on July 18.
Director of the DPP's Information and Culture Department Cheng Wen-tsan (
The nomination process was significantly altered during the party's April congress, in which it divided legislators-at-large into "politician" and "expert" groups, with the former being selected through party member votes and opinion polls, while the latter were nominated through the party's "nomination committee" headed by the party chairman.
DPP Legislator Hung Chi-chang (
Senior Legislator Hsu Jung-shu (
Kaohsiung City Mayor Frank Hsieh (
The party's CEC meeting yesterday also nominated for a total of 10 candidates for the Kaohsiung City Councilor by-election, which is slated to be held on July 17, and three other legislative candidates summoned to represent the party in eastern coast's Taitung County, and high-land Aboriginal and low-land Aboriginal areas.
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