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PFP requests Supreme Court rule on March poll

APPEAL PROCESS The party is seeking to overturn the Dec. 30 High Court ruling that found claims made by Lien Chan and James Soong were unsubstantiated


The People First Party (PFP) appealed to the Supreme Court yesterday after its bid to have last year's presidential election nullified was rejected by the High Court.

The pan-blue alliance alleges that the results of the election were swayed by various electoral scandals, a referendum held on the same day of the election, the activation of a "national security mechanism" that they claim barred a number of police and military servicemen from going to the polls and the election-eve assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮)

Court Ruling

The Taiwan High Court ruled on Dec. 30 that the claims made by the two plaintiffs -- Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) -- could not stand up in court.

A legal team led by Lee Tzung-teh (李宗德) said it lodged an appeal claiming that the ruling is "in violation of the law."

Plaintiff's Complaint

According to Lee, the High Court unlawfully turned down the plaintiffs' requests to review the electoral rolls and to obtain audio CDs recording the court hearings.

Lee accused the High Court of taking unlawful command of the lawsuit and failing in its duty by not making a judgment on whether it was lawful for the Central Election Commission to hold the referendum simultaneously with the presidential election.

Lee said the High Court also rejected evidence put forth by the plaintiffs that the secrecy of the vote was compromised because the referendum was held alongside the election, but did not provide any rationale for its decision.

Lee said those points were only a few of the numerous irregularities in the case and that it is inconceivable that such an important judicial case was processed so sloppily.

Commenting on the development, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) incoming chairman, Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), said his party respects the KMT's and PFP's right to lodge an appeal.

DPP Reaction

Su also urged the two parties to respect the court's judgment and the judicial system.

Incoming DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said the pan-blue alliance set a bad example by suggesting there was political influence behind the court's ruling.

Lee said he hopes the KMT and PFP will accept the final result by the Supreme Court in order to put an end to partisan confrontation and meet public expectations for political reconciliation.

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