Fri, Nov 26, 2004 - Page 3 News List

DPP denies claims of interfering in election lawsuit

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) yesterday refuted accusations from the pan-blue camp that the DPP had influenced the court decision in the pan-blue camp's lawsuit accusing the pan-greens of election fraud.

Chang said that the pan-blue camp's credibility has already been destroyed by its tactics to delay conceding defeat in the presidential election.

"How would the DPP be able to intervene in the court decision? If so, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) would not have had to testify at the Hualien Prosecutors' Office in January about the Hualien County by-election, standing in front of the prosecutor for two hours," Chang said yesterday in response to the lawsuit accusing the pan-green camp of election fraud.

Chang said that the High Court had already declared the re-election of Chen and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) valid on Nov. 4, and that the court's written judgment was 90cm thick, which demonstrated the judges' deliberation and discreetness.

"The reasons behind the pan-blue camp's fraud allegations were already proved to be untenable when the verdict was delivered on Nov. 4. And we believed that the court will once again make a verdict that sides with justice," Chang said.

The pan-blue camp's accusations of election fraud were based on the fact that the election was held on the same day as the two referendums, which made little sense, Chang said.

"The US held its presidential election along with 163 referendums and California held as many as 16 referendums," Chang said, "The US case showed that it was normal for a democracy to hold referendums in conjunction with general elections."

As for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) accusations that the DPP did not stop the presidential election as soon as it was discovered that Chen and Lu had been injured by shots on March 19, Chang yesterday reminded Lien that it was Lien himself who encouraged voters to vote as schedule despite the shooting incident.

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