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Watchdog agency eyes transparency

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan is looking for a way to make its deliberations more transparent after a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker alleged that voting in a failed motion to impeach Prosecutor-General Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) had been rigged.

Article 13 of the Control Act (監察法) says that Control Yuan members cannot reveal impeachment cases before referring the cases to the Judicial Yuan’s Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Functionaries.

This has been interpreted to mean that the Control Yuan members can publicize their reviews of officials who have been impeached but not those on failed impeachment motions.

“We were considering the possibility of disclosing all the results of reviews, regardless of whether an impeachment motion was sustained or failed, but our members are still divided on this. It might take three months to deal with the issue,” Control Yuan Secretary-General Chen Feng-yi (陳豐義) said.

The move came after KMT Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) accused Control Yuan member Tu Shan-liang (杜善良), who chaired a Jan. 5 meeting on a motion to impeach Chen Tsung-ming, of waiting to cast his vote until the other Control Yuan members had voted.

Chiu claimed the vote stood at 6-5 in favor of the motion, at which point Tu cast this vote, bringing the tally to 6-6 and causing the motion to fail.

Chiu also accused Control Yuan member Chen Yung-hsiang (陳永祥) of voting against the impeachment motion because he was on good terms with Chen Tsung-ming.

Tu and Chen Yung-hsiang (陳永祥) rebutted Chiu’s allegations yesterday.

Tu said all of the members at the Jan. 5 meeting voted simultaneously, while Chen Yung-hsiang said he was unacquainted with Chen Tsung-ming.

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