KMT dismisses DPP push to boost legislative seats

Staff writer, with CNA

Sun, May 18, 2014 - Page 3

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) snubbed a call by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to increase the number of legislative seats to 200 to 300 in proportion to the population.

“Chairman Su should first communicate with the his predecessor Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) before making such a proposal,” KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said.

Lin went on a hunger strike in 2004 to push for a bill to halve the seats in the Legislative Yuan, which led to a constitutional amendment.

Su said it was reasonable for the nation to have 200 to 300 legislators instead of 113.

He said the number was calculated based on population and that it was in accordance with the standards of other democratic countries.

However, Su’s proposal has drawn mixed reactions.

Former DPP chairman Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said that DPP policy should be consistent.

Former DPP legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said a legislature with 200 to 300 seats would be relatively small compared with that in ordinary countries, but the size was acceptable.