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Pan-blues used voter lists in corruption scheme: Wong

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The lists of voters that the pan-blue alliance copied as part of its effort to discredit the presidential elections last year were used as part of a widespread vote-buying effort in Changhua County during the legislative elections, Changhua County Commissioner Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠) said yesterday.

Wong made the allegation during the DPP's central standing committee meeting yesterday. During the meeting, Wellington Koo (顧立雄) -- the attorney who helped President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) win the pan-blue-initiated lawsuit challenging their re-election in March -- made his final report on the lawsuit.

Wong said that the DPP should not have allowed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members who were not qualified lawyers to copy voter rolls -- an action which the KMT's attorneys claimed was part of their effort to "collect evidence."

"I suspect the KMT took advantage of the rolls to implement a vote-buying scheme in Changhua County, because the voter participation rate during the legislative elections in Changhua was as high as 67 percent -- 9 percent more than the national voting rate," Wong said.

DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), whose professional background is in law, also said that he was upset that the DPP agreed that the pan-blue camp did not have to provide evidence of its claims to initiate the lawsuit -- which is the normal practice required by law -- saying this had undermined basic legal principles.

"However, the president acceded to the pan-blue camp's demands, just because he wanted to ease the instability aroused by the election disputes," Chang said.

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