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Corrupt candidates could face jail time

CNA , TAIPEI

Candidates planning to run in the year-end legislative elections could face a jail term of up to five years should they receive illegal political donations, a Control Yuan spokesman said yesterday.

Under the terms of the Political Donation Law, candidates taking part in the Dec. 11 elections are not allowed to receive political donations from foreign countries and areas, including China, Hong Kong and Macau, the official said, adding that those who violate the rules may be given a maximum sentence of five years behind bars.

In line with the rules, election hopefuls are permitted to accept political donations for the 10-month period ending on the election eve through special accounts registered with the Control Yuan, according to the official. This means that political donations accepted by a candidate beyond the eligible period will be confiscated, or the candidate punished with a fine of the same value. If a candidate receives donations worth more than NT$8 million (about US$235,000) , he must report the money to the Control Yuan, which will make public the information on its Website.

The Political Donation Law (政治獻金法), enacted stipulates that only political parties and groups and election candidates can receive political monetary contributions.

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