DPP set to punish alleged vote-sellers
The 11 Central Evaluation Committee ( ) members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will announce today the fate of the five party members who were suspected of vote-selling in Tainan City’s speaker election. Although a thorough investigation of the five has not been conducted, it is likely they will be stripped of their party membership by the committee today.
Tainan City Councilor Chiu Li- li ( ) officially announced yesterday that she will cut all ties to the DPP faction of Legislator Chen Ting-fei ( ) and City Councilor Kuo Hsin-liang ( ) as the group has lost their way and is no longer governing in the best interest of the country. Chiu also clarified that during the election period, she did not attend any rallies or political events together with Chen or her faction.
Although long-time DPP member Chen Chao-lai ( ) already announced his resignation from the party the day before yesterday, he is still expected to attend the Central Evaluation Committee meeting together with the other four members today to explain their side of the story. Chen Chaolai has already submitted his letter of resignation, although it has yet to pass through the party’s central committee for approval. However, some expect that Chen may not show up at the meeting.
Tainan City’s DPP chief executive Wang Tai-fu ( ) stated yesterday that if Chen Chao-lai wishes to leave the party, he should do so according to party procedures.
The other four members, Liang Shun-fa ( ), Tseng Wang Yayun, ( ), Chuang Yu-chu (
) and Tsai Chiu-lan ( ) all stated that they will attend the meeting today to clearly explain their case.
Chen Ting-fei Visits Tainan
together with DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher ( ) and other DPP party members, visited the Tainan District Prosecutor’s Office yesterday to meet with Chief Prosecutor Fei Ling-ling ( ). However, due to Fei’s absence, Chen met with prosecutor Tsai Li-yi ( ). The DPP delegation reaffirmed that Kuomintang Legislator Lee Chuan-chiao ( ) was suspected of vote-buying in eight voting districts.
The DPP’s Tainan committee chairperson, Yen Chun-tso (
), made an appeal to Tsai during their meeting requesting that Lee be thrown out of the eight voting districts and have his votes made invalid before Jan. 3. Also, given that the DPP is using the most strict disciplinary action, they hope prosecutors can carry out the investigation as soon as possible.
Tsai responded that the Tainan District Prosecutor’s Office will actively carry out an investigation and they will pass on the DPP’s appeal to the chief inspector.