Wed, Mar 01, 2006 - Page 3 News List

NCC opening ceremony to be staged tomorrow


The National Communications Commission (NCC), established to oversee matters related to the telecommunications industry, broadcasting and some information technology services, is scheduled to stage its ceremonial opening tomorrow.

Minister Without Portfolio Wu Feng-shan (吳豐山) will preside over the inaugural ceremony and unveil the NCC's name-plate at its temporary office. He will also introduce the commission's members, its chairman and two deputy chairmen.

According to law, the NCC may have 13 members who are recommended by the nation's political parties in proportion to the seats they hold in the legislature and then appointed by the Cabinet.

However, the commission currently has only nine members because three others recommended by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have tendered their resignations.

As the opposition pan-blue alliance jointly holds a slight majority in the legislature, their NCC nominations outnumber those recommended by the DPP.

On March 22, the nine newly appointed NCC members held their first meeting and elected Su Yeong-chin (蘇永欽) as chairman. Su was recommended by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Shyr Shry-hau (石世豪), who was recommended by the DPP, and Liu Zong-de (劉宗德), recommended by the People First Party, were elected as deputy chairs.

The NCC has suffered a number of significant setbacks since the bill providing for its creation was delivered to the Legislative Yuan for ratification last year.

Even after the law came into effect on Nov. 9 and its 12 members were approved by the legislature in accordance with the law on Jan. 12, the NCC was still unable to begin functioning.

Former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) refused to appoint the NCC members and instead asked the Council of Grand Justices to rule on whether the NCC's Organic Law (國家通訊傳播組織法) was unconstitutional, because, he claimed, it infringed upon the executive branch's constitutional powers.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) appointed the NCC's members only after opposition parties threatened to boycott his administrative report at the opening of the new legislative session on Feb. 21.

The Council of Grand Justices is scheduled to hold a hearing next Wednesday to listen to views presented by the Executive Yuan, other relevant organizations, scholars and associated experts before reaching a decision on whether the NCC is unconstitutional.

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