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DPP legislators warn of future election fiasco

LOOKING AHEAD DPP legislators expressed concern that the party may suffer another drubbing in next year's legislative polls if it fails to adjust policies

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday predicted that the party would face another electoral debacle in next year's legislative elections if the next DPP chairman does not implement reforms and respond to people's call for change.

"Judging from the causes leading to the DPP's debacle in the three-in-one elections held last December, I think it is inevitable that the DPP will have to swallow another defeat if it fails to adjust its policies to meet the public's expectations," former chief convener of the DPP's New Tide faction, Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said yesterday in a discussion forum held by DPP chairperson candidate and former Presidential Office secretary-general Yu Shyi-kun yesterday afternoon.

"My take on the 2007 elections is that the number of legislative seats held by the DPP will shrink sharply from 89 to only 40 or even fewer as a new electoral system -- the single-member district and two-vote system -- will be adopted in 2007," Tuan said.

Tuan said that he has already noticed problems emerging with candidate nominations, and that some candidates suspected of being corrupt have gradually improved ties with the DPP, which will harm the party's chances next year.

In addition to Yu and Tuan, DPP legislators Julian Kuo (郭正亮), Wu Ping-jui (吳秉睿) and Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) attended the forum. Political commentator Chien Yu-yen (簡余晏) served as the forum's host.

Cheng echoed Tuan's views, saying he was worried that the pan-blue camp will seize most of the legislative seats in the electoral districts in northern Taiwan because of the new electoral system. As such, DPP lawmakers elected in 2007 might come mainly from southern Taiwan, making it more difficult for the new generation to participate in politics.

The three participating legislators represent electoral districts in metropolitan Taipei.

Meanwhile, one day after debating with his two rivals for the post of DPP chairman -- DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) and former Changhua County commissioner Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠) -- Yu yesterday continued to press his campaign pledges and reiterated his view that Tsai and Wong's position on the relationship between the party and the government administration would not work.

"The separation of the party and the government administration would only cause disunity in the DPP, and create the impression that the DPP just wants to avoid taking responsibility for making mistakes," Yu said.

Yu said he would concentrate his efforts on creating a system to facilitate a collective decision-making mechanism between the party and the government.

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