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DPP settles on key campaign team members for 2008

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday finalized key participants in the party's campaign ahead of the legislative and presidential elections.

DPP headquarters said that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) would join a campaign committee headed by Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) and staff from the campaign headquarters for DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).

"The structure means [people connected to] the Presidential Office, the Executive Yuan and the party headquarters are successfully integrated," said Super Meng (孟義超), director of the DPP's department of culture and information, yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Central Standing Committee unanimously approved a proposal from DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) that would oblige those participating in the party primaries to authorize Chunghwa Telecom Co to investigate any new telephone line applications registered in their names before the opinion poll phase of the primary in their district takes place.

Wu presented the proposal after several hopefuls were accused of applying for a large number of phone lines ahead of primary polling to influence the result.

The opinion polls count for 70 percent of a prospective candidate's "score."

DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun discussed the allegations with Chunghwa Telecom chairman Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) on Tuesday.

Probing data on each legislative hopeful without their consent would break the law, but the proposal helped to avoid this problem, Wu said.

Meanwhile, Yu began a 10-day visit to overseas Taiwanese and party branches in the US to promote the DPP.

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