Control Yuan President Fredrick Chien (
Chien has consulted with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Kao Yu-jen (
All four legislators are qualified lawyers with strong legal background.
Chien has also interviewed members of the Control Yuan with a legal background, as well as administrative experience.
While the two legislators from the pan-green camp have confirmed that they were approached by Chien and have expressed their willingness to participate in the committee's activities, Chen seemed inclined to reject the invitation due to the PFP's concern that there is no legal basis for the formation of the committee.
The PFP legislative caucus meanwhile urged all legislators to decline committee membership and said it would consider recommending Vice President Annette Lu (
The statute governing the committee was proposed by the pan-blue camp, and will be put to the vote in August.
Kao could not be reached for comment yesterday, but the KMT legislative caucus said it was opposed to the committee starting work before the statue had been passed.
A top KMT official said that several lawmakers from across party lines were opposing legislators' participation in the committee to prevent it from becoming an arena for political strife and bickering.
The official said that the statute might be amended to exclude legislators' participation in the committee.
Although Chien has already started giving shape to the committee, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
"Chien told me that the committee would operate according to the law, and there would not be two committees," Wang said.
He said that Chien had contacted him yesterday morning to discuss committee affairs.
"Although Chien has started consulting with certain candidates, this is only his private capacity. Since the statute governing the committee has not been passed, it is still unknown how the members will be chosen, and Chien's efforts now may turn out to be for naught in the end," Wang said.
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