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Watchdog releases report on legislature

PERFORMANCE Liu Yi-jun, a professor of public affairs at Fo Guang University, said the results were finalized after discussions between the 17 board members

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A civil legislative watchdog yesterday relaxed its the results of its evaluation of the seventh legislature’s performance in the spring legislative session, which concluded last Friday.

The Congress Watch Foundation listed both Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers on its list of the worst 10 lawmakers.

The legislators it considered to have the worst performance were KMT legislators Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), Lee Ching-hua (李慶華), Lin Yi-shih (林益世), Chen Hsiu-ching (陳秀卿) and Liu Chuan-chung (劉銓忠), DPP lawmakers Yu Tien (余天), Chen Chi-yu (陳啟昱), Chen Ying (陳瑩) and Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), and Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU) Legislator Lin Pin-kuan (林炳坤).

The foundation based its rating on the lawmakers’ attendance record, the number of times they registered at legislative committees to make public statements on legislative agenda and the number of proposals they initiated.

Foundation board member Yao Li-ming (姚立明), formerly the deputy director of the anti-Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) campaign, told a press conference that the foundation was willing to put the list up for public scrutiny.

Liu Yi-jun (劉義鈞), another participating board member, said that the 10 legislators topped the worst-performance list because they had the poorest performance in the three aforementioned categories.

The foundation also listed 10 legislators whom they viewed as having the best performance, with DPP Legislator Huang Sue-ying (黃淑英) being the only DPP member on the list.

Liu, a professor of public affairs at Fo Guang University, said that the results were finalized after a discussion between the foundation’s 17 board members, who are academics in a number of fields.

“We were party blind [when undertaking the evaluation],” Liu said in English.

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