Recommendations for candidates for the next Examination Yuan and Control Yuan members were requested on Monday, with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) asking for more women for the Control Yuan to “correspond to current social trends.”
The Examination Yuan is responsible for the recruitment and evaluation of civil servants, while the Control Yuan investigates and punishes improper or illegal behavior by public officials, civil servants or government agencies.
The Control Yuan currently has seven women among its 29 members, which is a record high in the body’s 66-year history.
The six-year term of the current members of both bodies ends in August.
Ma also said it was important to be non-partisan in the selection of Control Yuan members.
A seven-member selection committee headed by Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) will accept recommendations for Control Yuan members until Feb. 10.
The Presidential Office has sent out invitations to all government departments and several non-governmental organizations asking them to make recommendations.
The committee will draw up a list of candidates for the president to nominate for the Legislative Yuan’s for approval.
Wu also heads another seven-member committee that is charged with drawing up a list of 19 candidates for the Examination Yuan for Ma to send to the legislature for approval.
There has been considerable speculation on whether Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien, who is 75, and Examination Yuan President John Kuan (關中),73, will be nominated for another term.