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Hsieh Kun-hung appeals rejection in KMT chair bid

DISQUALIFICATION:Hsieh demanded that the party explain how it reviewed his bid and questioned Ma’s eligibility to run for chairman again

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Standing Committee member Hsieh Kun-hung (謝坤宏) yesterday filed an appeal after he was rejected as a candidate for the party’s chairmanship election next month.

Hsieh also threatened to take legal action if the party failed to explain how it reviewed his bid.

Hsieh’s election bid failed on Wednesday after the KMT’s election review commission said that only 6,610 of the 20,952 signatures he collected were valid. A threshold of 12,000 votes is needed to win approval.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Hsieh filed an appeal with the KMT for a second review and urged the party to give a proper explanation of the review procedure and results.

He also questioned the legitimacy of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) chairmanship re-election bid, while vowing to take legal action if the commission failed to clarify the issue today.

“The law sets a two-term limit on leaders of civil organizations, so there are doubts over President Ma’s eligibility to run in the [party] election. The KMT should suspend the poll and clarify the dispute in court,” he said.

The incumbent KMT chairman, Ma submitted 82,786 signatures to the commission, 59,925 of which were deemed valid.

KMT rules state that about 380,000 members are eligible to vote in the election, and prospective candidates must seek the endorsement of 3 percent, or about 12,000, of these voters.

KMT Organization and Development Commission deputy director Hsieh Cheng-fan (謝鎮藩) accepted Hsieh Kun-hung’s appeal and said the party would give him a reply in the form of a written statement by noon today.

Ma was elected KMT chairman in 2005, but resigned in 2007 when he was embroiled in a corruption case for allegedly misusing his special allowance during his tenure as Taipei mayor.

Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) took over the post until 2009. Ma was found not guilty of graft charges in 2008 and re-elected chairman in 2009.

Ma and the KMT have shrugged off questions about his re-election bid, arguing that terms are only counted if the official has completed more than half of their tenure.

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