Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - Page 3 News List

ELECTIONS: KMT accused of illegal mobilization of public servants

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫), who is also New Taipei City mayor, of illegally mobilizing New Taipei City government employees to take part in a KMT campaign parade.

Holding up copies of a mobilization document at a media conference at DPP headquarters in Taipei, party spokesperson Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) said that the KMT document assigned the job of coordination not only to KMT staff members, but also district office employees to attend a campaign parade in New Taipei City’s Yingge District (鶯歌).

The document said that crowds need to be placed along the parade route, waving flags to show Chu is well supported.

“‘Their locations should be arranged by the district office and the party chapter,’” Wang quoted the document as saying.

“‘For the campaign parade, people who are mobilized include the district administrator, the section chief and the district office secretary,’” Wang said. “These people went to borough wardens with the document, urging them to mobilize.”

“This is a clear violation of the Public Servants’ Administrative Neutrality Act [公務人員行政中立法],” Wang said.

Wang said that for Chu’s election-eve rally, set to take place in New Taipei City’s Banqiao District (板橋) tonight, the New Taipei City Government’s Civil Affairs Department, Public Health Department, Urban and Rural Development Department and the Water Resources Department have been asked to mobilize 8,000 people.

“Chu promised New Taipei City residents he would do the job well, but now public servants are only able to see the mayor at campaign events,” Wang said. “Is this what a city government should do? Is this what a presidential candidate should do?”

However, New Taipei City spokesperson Lin Chieh-yu (林芥佑) denied the DPP accusations.

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