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Anti-corruption measure passes at DPP meeting

NATIONAL CONVENTION The `Chao Chien-ming clause' passed without objection yesterday, along with another measure to eliminate the practice of `nominal members'

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former premier Frank Hsieh, left, and Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan, right, smile after finding out that they garnered the highest and second-highest number of votes in the Democratic Progressive Party's Central Standing Committee election during the party's national convention yesterday.

PHOTO: LIN CHENG-KUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday passed an anti-corruption provision and several other measures aimed at underlining its determination to pursue reforms and burnishing its image.

The anti-corruption provision stipulates that the president, vice president, legislators and governmental officials who are also DPP members must be investigated by a special party committee if they are suspected of corruption.

If their relatives are implicated in corruption scandals, the party reserves the right to question those relatives, the provision says.

The provision, which has been dubbed the "Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘) clause" -- passed without objection on the last day of the party's national convention.

It was passed after a string of corruption scandals involving the president's son-in-law, Chao, and close presidential aides.

Delegates also passed a resolution that aims to solve the problem of "nominal party members," by which some members pay membership fees for others in order to build up their local networks and influence party primaries.

The resolution stipulates that the party would expel people who "buy" members from the party, and that those who sell their names would not be able to join the party for two years.

On the topic of whether to implement a new mechanism to coordinate communication between the party and the government, the DPP yesterday referred the matter to its Central Standing Committee for discussion.

DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said that pushing such a mechanism has been his campaign platform and that the proposal aims to solve problems, not create controversy.

"We respect all members' opinions, and we also think this idea needs more discussion," he said.

Meanwhile, the DPP elected its Central Standing Committee members yesterday, with former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) winning the most votes.

Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen (陳明文), legislators Wu Bing-ray (吳秉叡) and Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興), Chen Sheng-hung (陳勝宏), former minister of the interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲), Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) and Huang Ching-lin (黃慶林), director of the party's Taipei City chapter, were elected as new members of the committee.

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