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CEC releases election candidates’ asset declarations

By William Hetherington  /  Staff writer

Then-Central Election Commission vice chairman Chen Chao-chien, who is now the commission’s acting chairman, on Nov. 8 posts announcements regarding next month’s legislative elections at the Central Election Commission in Taipei.

Photo: Central Election Commission via CNA

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has published the asset declarations made by candidates running in Jan. 11’s presidential and legislative elections, and invited the public to view the information on its official Web site.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is seeking re-election as the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate, acquired one piece of land in each of Taipei’s Wenshan (文山) and Neihu (內湖) districts since the previous presidential election, and is still in possession of the four properties she had at that time — one in each of Taipei’s Songshan (松山) and Daan (大安) districts, and two in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) — as well as one building unit in Daan, and another in Yonghe, the information showed.

Tsai has NT$48.77 million (US$1.6 million) in cash savings, NT$4.14 million in company shares, and NT$1.1 million in other investments, the data showed.

In the remarks section of her report, Tsai wrote that she entrusted a lawyer to establish an account for the funds she received as political donations for the 2012 presidential election, and that the funds — amounting to NT$1.7 million — would be donated to the Thinking Taiwan Foundation and other organizations.

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate, reported NT$31.89 million in savings, NT$14.25 million in company shares and NT$11.94 million in beneficiary certificates.

His wife, Lee Chia-fen (李佳芬), reported NT$10 million of investments in family-owned firm Han Lin Fang Construction (翰霖坊建設), and NT$12.35 million in debts.

In the remarks section the couple wrote that they had paid NT$15 million for Han’s election deposit, and had received NT$6.72 million in political donations.

They did not report any real-estate assets.

Sandra Yu (余湘), People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong’s (宋楚瑜) running mate, reported joint savings with her husband, Wu Li-hsing (吳力行), of NT$96.27 million, and business investments worth NT$610 million.

Yu also reported NT$128 million worth of assets in the form of jewelry, antiques, calligraphy and other collections.

Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a Taiwan Action Party Alliance legislator-at-large nominee, reported various assets, but next to each item wrote: “All of my assets have been seized by the special investigators of the Republic of China Supreme Court.”

Chinese Unity Promotion Party founder and legislator-at-large nominee Chang An-le (張安樂) reported cash savings of NT$500,000 and non-deposited cash of NT$500,000.

All his other assets were in China, including property in Shenzhen worth NT$40 million and cash savings worth about NT$2.16 million, he wrote.

KMT legislator-at-large nominee Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) — a retired lieutenant general who has sparked controversy for saying that he intends to “represent the Chinese Communist Party to monitor the elections of Taiwan Province” — reported NT$43 million in assets.

Among his assets Wu Sz-huai reported five foundations in his name.

PFP legislator-at-large nominee Amanda Liu (劉宥彤) reported NT$15.47 million in savings, and NT$25.84 million in loans and other debts.

Liu, who is also the Yonglin Education Foundation’s chief executive officer, reported owning eight pieces of land and two building units.

Liu and her husband, who is a Hon Hai Precision Industry Co employee, reported owning 170,000 shares in the firm.

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