Sun, Jul 17, 2005 - Page 3 News List

KMT Chairmanship Election: Lien denies that he showed his ballot and voted for Wang

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Outgoing Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) yesterday denied that he displayed his ballot before placing it in the ballot box, showing that he voted for Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) in the KMT chairmanship election.

After Lien's ballot was photographed and the image aired by local TV stations that reported that Lien had voted for Wang, Lien made the denial to the media before leaving for Japan from CKS International Airport. "How could it be possible?" Lien asked in reply to reporters' questions.

Wang and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) both went to the airport to see Lien off. Wang said that he really appreciated it if Lien did vote for him, while Ma had no comment.

In other news, some irregularities concerning ballots were reported in yesterday's election. The district of most concern to both the Ma and Wang camps was Yunlin County, where controversy erupted last week when it was discovered that administrative lapses by the KMT's Yunlin office had left the voting privileges of over 6,000 party members in the region in question.

Many KMT members tore up their ballots in anger, because they were not allowed to vote as they were not able to prove their KMT membership. In addition, some elderly voters who had to stand in long queues in the scorching sun fainted and were taken to hospital in ambulances.

In Changhua County, a TV reporter was assaulted in a voting station. His camera was almost smashed and he sustained scratches in the scuffle.

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