Mon, May 23, 2011 - Page 3 News List

DPP’s legislator-at-large selection process begins

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, center, yesterday calls on the government not to allow state apparatus to be used for private purposes and urges it to remain neutral during the presidential campaign at a press conference in Greater Taichung.

Photo: Ou Su-mei, Taipei Times

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced it would form a committee this week to choose its legislator-at-large candidates, adding that it would nominate individuals who could then work as members of a “shadow Cabinet” in the legislature.

It hoped the candidates would monitor the government professionally and join the Cabinet if the DPP is returned to power next year, it said.

The DPP said it has a proposed list of committee members, which is to go through an approval process by the party’s Central Executive Committee on Wednesday.

The committee will consist of seven to nine people, it said.

The party said members of the committee include academic experts, artists, former DPP government officials and senior party politicians.

The competition for DPP -legislator-at-large candidates has been intense.

Five-term DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) of Greater Tainan, who lost the party’s -legislative primaries and protested that they were “unfair,” is now seeking to become a legislator-at-large candidate.

Senior DPP legislators Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠), Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) and others are also competing for the nominations.

The next legislative elections will be held simultaneously with the presidential election on Jan. 14.

Meanwhile, local media reports alleged that while President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign headquarters would be formed next month, some of his campaign staff were already using space in the Presidential Office for their offices and used Presidential Office resources, such as communication equipment, for campaigning.

Approached for comment, DPP Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that as a leader of the nation, Ma should distinguish public affairs from private affairs.

She said she expected the Ma administration to remain neutral during the campaign period and to avoid controversies.

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