Sat, Nov 25, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Hsieh accuses Hau of violating restriction on election campaign

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Frank Hsieh, front, and his supporters yesterday stage a protest at his campaign headquarters, accusing the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of violating the Public Official Election and Recall Law.


Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yeh Yi-chin (葉宜津) and DPP Taipei mayoral candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) campaign camp yesterday accused Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) mayoral candidate Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) of violating the Public Official Election and Recall Law (公職人員選舉罷免法).

Yeh told a press conference that Hau broke the law, as one of his campaign advertisements continued to air on TV yesterday despite a ban on campaigning on TV or radio 15 days before the election.

The mayoral election is set for Dec. 9; therefore, all campaign TV advertisements -- whether they were produced by candidates, political parties or "a third party" such as a civic group -- should have stopped airing beginning yesterday, according to the law.

Hsieh's campaign executive officer Hsiao Yu-chen (蕭裕珍), who was also present at the conference, said that Hau had also sent smear campaign brochures as newspaper inserts to blacken Hsieh's name.

She said she had evidence showing that Hau was behind the campaign and that the KMT caucus at the city council was unaware of such advertisements.

She did not present proof at the conference, however.

Yeh urged the National Communications Commission and the Central Election Commission to deal with the "violations" strictly and enforce the TV ban immediately.

Hau dismissed the accusations and condemned the Hsieh camp for continuing to malign his name and his family.

"Hsieh asked party legislators to hold a press conference everyday to conduct a smear campaign against me and my family ... I condemn such campaign strategies," Hau said at his campaign headquarters.

Lashing out at Hsieh and DPP legislators who are close to him for failing to support the third recall motion against the president, Hau urged voters to "make the right decision" by voting for him on election day.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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