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DPP caucus mulls asking CEC to combine elections

REVERSAL SOUGHT The party's lawmakers will be polled on their views before a decision is made to appeal. A KMT legislator said there could be a cross-party appeal made

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus is pondering asking the Central Election Commission to reverse its decision to hold separate legislative and presidential elections next year.

DPP caucus whip Wang Tuoh (王拓) said the party might recommend the polls be held simultaneously if most caucus members favor the idea. The caucus will poll its members on the proposal.

A group of DPP lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction during a caucus meeting over the commission's decision to hold the legislative elections on Jan. 12 and the presidential election on March 22.

DPP Legislator Chiu Chuang-chin (邱創進) said he had convinced his supporters to accept the two-in-one election idea because it "could save social resources" after President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said last year that he was willing to accept it.

"Now I don't know what course to take," Chiu said.

Chiu's stance was backed by some Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members. KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said some of his colleagues would work with the DPP caucus to push for a two-in-one election.

Wu said a show of hands at the KMT caucus meeting yesterday showed that most members favored the polls being held simultaneously.

KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) said that there must be "political calculation" because the DPP had shifted its stance on the matter and the KMT must be aware of it.

Wang said the DPP caucus might come up with a non-binding resolution for an appeal during the legislative extra session.

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