DPP set to pun­ish al­leged vote-sell­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ZANE KHEIR

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

Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tor

Chen

Ting- fei,

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.

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