Fri, Jan 18, 2008 - Page 3 News List

KMT legislator to file suit after losing to newcomer

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chu Chun-hsiao (朱俊曉), who lost to his Democratic Progressive Party rival Yu Tien (余天) in Saturday's legislative election, said yesterday that he would file a lawsuit to annul Yu's election.

"The police, through monitoring phone calls of borough wardens, discovered that some of the borough wardens supporting me were threatened," Chu told the Taipei Times in a telephone interview. "After the Central Election Commission makes public the official list of legislators-elect, I will file a lawsuit to annul Yu's election because of such campaign irregularities."

Chu declined to disclose more details about his allegations as "the police are conducting an investigation into the cases."

Yu, who received 75,212 votes, won by a margin of 1,926 votes in the election. Yu is a veteran singer and newcomer to politics, while Chu is a long-time politician and serving legislator.

The Chinese-language United Daily News reported on Wednesday that a borough warden, Chuang Chin-lung (莊金龍), an entertainer better known as Kao Chun (高群), was one of several wardens allegedly warned by Yu's camp against supporting Chu after performing at several of Chu's campaign rallies.

But Chuang's wife, Tsai Shih-chen (蔡世真), said her husband had not been warned, adding there had been a misunderstanding.

Yu was not available for comment yesterday. However, a staff member at his campaign office said on condition of anonymity that Chu's allegations were "made up" to exact revenge.

Meanwhile, KMT candidate Wu Cherng-dean (吳成典), who lost by only 72 votes against independent candidate Chen Fu-hai (陳福海) in Kinmen County, has also decided to file a lawsuit.

Wu said yesterday that he originally wanted to apply for a vote recount, but believed that a recount would not necessarily overturn the election result.

Wu said he did not believe the ballots had been miscounted, but that he lost because of vote-buying and would file a lawsuit.

Wu said he had heard that some candidates had handed out jewelry and cash worth between NT$3,000 and NT$5,000 to voters.

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