The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Self-Awareness Alliance, formed by a group of young KMT delegates, yesterday urged the party to revise party regulations and allow only Central Committee members to elect Central Standing Committee (CSC) members as it continued to raise concerns about vote-swapping schemes that would affect next Saturday’s CSC election.
CSC elections are held every year, and its members are elected by party delegates.
This year, 1,685 delegates will elect 32 CSC members from 46 registered Central Committee members.
Alliance convener Chen Cheng-feng (陳政峰) yesterday said vote-swapping schemes have been “common practice” in CSC elections under current regulations, giving factions an advantage.
He urged the party to turn the national CSC election into district elections that would allow each district to have a representative in the committee, and allow only Central Committee nominees to vote in the CSC election to avoid large-scale vote-swapping schemes among delegates.
“Vote-swapping schemes happen almost every year. I don’t understand why the party headquarters said they’ve never heard about it. If the party fails to eradicate such practice, allegations about vote swapping will emerge every year, and the party will attract no new talent,” he said.
The alliance said it will make a formal proposal on amending the party regulation during the KMT’s convention on Sept. 29.
The alliance on Wednesday accused 26 of the 46 CSC candidates of forming a “26 Alliance” and working together to guarantee that they each would be elected.
If they are all elected, the 26 Alliance will hold a majority in the CSC, the party’s highest decisionmaking body.
Leaders of local factions in southern cities are reportedly behind the 26 Alliance, as they try to extend their influence after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is also the KMT chairman, leaves office in 2016.
KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said the party will continue its investigation on the alleged vote swapping, and will consider all suggestions from party members.