DPP members call on convicted KMT Tainan City Council speaker to resign

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Jan 23, 2016 - Page 3

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politicians yesterday urged Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to resign as council speaker to shoulder his political responsibility and to preserve the integrity of the city council.

The Tainan District Court on Thursday convicted Lee of buying votes to gain election as a council member in 2014. The court verdict invalidates Lee’s election as a member and speaker of the city council.

However, Lee said he would not quit and would continue to carry out his job to preside over city council meeting proceedings.

Lee said he was planning to appeal the ruling, so he would remain at his post until the case is decided in a higher court.

DPP Tainan branch spokeswoman Chiu Li-li (邱莉莉) yesterday said that to uphold the city council’s credibility and its political legitimacy, Lee should resign from the post while awaiting the ruling on his appeal by the Taiwan High Court’s Tainan branch.

In the immediate aftermath of Lee’s conviction, Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) of the DPP welcomed the verdict, saying it restored justice and fairness to society, but said that the judicial process had dragged on for too long.

“According to election law, the first ruling should take only six months and the second ruling should wrap up within one year. However, Lee has used many ploys to play games with the justice system, and the district court condoned his actions and let the case drag on for more than a year. Lee’s perversion of the judicial process has damaged our democracy,” he said.

The district court handed down a guilty verdict last July against Lee’s top aide, Huang Teng-ching (黃澄清) and two of Lee’s other campaign workers for buying votes on Lee’s behalf.

In that ruling, Huang was given a prison sentence of five years, while Lee Li-hua (李麗華) received two years and Kang Ching-liang (康清良) 19 months.