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Group’s bid to recall KMT lawmaker Wu progressing

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

A campaign to recall Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) initiated by the Constitution 113 Alliance has gathered enough signatures to pass the initial phase of the recall process and may move to the second, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced yesterday.

“At a meeting today [yesterday] it was confirmed that the number of voters who endorsed the petition initiated by Wang Shu-ching (王淑卿), Chen Lien-chung (陳練忠) and Chen Fu-chi (陳福齊) to recall Legislator Wu Yu-sheng from New Taipei City’s (新北市) first electoral district has met the legal threshold,” the commission said in a press statement.

“The campaigners can pick up the form [for collecting signatures for the second stage] from the commission within 10 days and must complete the signature drive within 30 days,” it added.

The statement said that Wu’s electoral district, which includes Tamsui (淡水), Sanjhi (三芝), Shimen (石門), Bali (八里), Taishan (泰山) and Linkou (林口) districts, contains 288,221 registered voters. Since 2 percent of them must endorse the petition for it to complete the first phase of the recall procedure, the campaign needed to collect 5,765 signatures.

When the petition was first submitted last month, it had 6,012 signatures, the statement said. However, the commission ruled — without stating its reason — that 1,008 of them were not permissible, reducing the number of signatures to 5,004.

The campaigners quickly submitted an additional 1,448 signatures. Of these, a further 301 were declared invalid, but there were still 6,151 allowable signatures, the commission said.

For the next phase of the recall process, the initiators must get 13 percent of the district’s electorate — approximately 37,000 people — to sign the petition for it to be successful.

The campaign is part of the movement launched by the Constitution 133 Alliance to recall lawmakers whom the group considers to be serving President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) political wishes rather than the interests of their constituents.

In response, Wu said yesterday that he “respects the commission’s decision,” but declined to comment further.

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