A legislative review of the proposed amendment to the Election and Recall Law of Civil Servants (公職人員選舉罷免法) has been postponed until Tuesday as cross-party negotiations yesterday failed to reach a consensus, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said.
Both the pan-blue and the pan-green camps were wracked by dissent yesterday as the parties bickered over a proposal initiated by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) that no party should be allowed to nominate more than one candidate in any electoral district and that any legislative hopeful will not be allowed to register if his or her party has already fielded a candidate.
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Fu Kun-chi (
The TSU's proposal also ran into opposition from its pan-green ally, as the Democratic Progressive Party rebuffed its proposal, Wang said.
"As both the pan-blue and the pan-green camps failed to reach a consensus on the issue today, we have to delay the discussion until next week," Wang said at the Legislative Yuan.
Aside from candidate nominations, the Legislative Yuan will also review regulations on vote-buying and has invited Minister of Justice Morley Shih (
The justice ministry on Tuesday proposed an amendment to its definition of vote-buying, which would exclude several kinds of behavior, such as handing out cash or gifts at weddings or funerals, from its list of banned activities.
While lauding the proposed amendment as a "benevolent policy," Wang said it did not state whether offering lottery prizes constituted vote-buying.
Wang denied that a number of legislators had suggested during a cross-party negotiation that candidates be allowed to spend up to NT$5,000 in prizes, adding that some had proposed placing the limit at NT$300 to NT$1,000.
Meanwhile, the Central Election Commission yesterday released a statement saying that publication of the 7th legislative election bulletin had been delayed from Monday to Friday because lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on several amendments to the Election and Recall Law of Civil Servants as planned yesterday.
The statement added that the bulletin would include information on names of candidates, the number of contested seats, division of electoral districts, the voting date and time and the maximum campaign budget allowed.
Additional reporting by Loa Iok-sin