Exit mech­a­nisms for in­el­i­gi­ble coun­cilors pon­dered

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day said that exit mech­a­nisms for in­el­i­gi­ble coun­cilors will be on the agenda for dis­cus­sion to­day.

Ko said yes­ter­day that founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Li­ulin Wei (

) of the lo­cal in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal me­dia com­pany Watchout ( ) has filed for res­ig­na­tion from the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment Cit­i­zen Par­tic­i­pa­tion Com­mit­tee ( ) through a LINE mes­sage.

As Li­ulin had been dis­missed from Watchout and the Cit­i­zen 1985 Ac­tion Al­liance ( 1985

) this Satur­day, Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Coun­cilor Ros­alia Wu ( ) ques­tioned whether there should be an exit mech­a­nism for in­el­i­gi­ble coun­cilors.

Wu ex­pressed her other con­cerns, ques­tion­ing Ko’s trust in his non- gov­ern­ment coun­cilors and how gov­ern­ment pro­ce­dures seemed to be lack­ing in han­dling of th­ese sit­u­a­tions of in­com­pe­tent coun­cilors. Ko, in re­sponse, said that the exit mech­a­nism would be up for dis­cus­sion dur­ing a meet­ing to­day.

In the state­ment re­leased by the al­liance on June 8, Li­ulin was ac­cused of “de­cep­tion of peo­ple out­side the al­liance”, rather than “em­bez­zle­ment of public funds.”

Li­ulin had been ac­cused of tak­ing dona­tions in the name of the al­liance, as the al­liance found Li­ulin had con­tacted com­pa­nies that the al­liance had worked with in the past to ob­tain re­ceipts for an event dated two years ago. The al­liance did not have in­for­ma­tion on who had been in con­tact with Li­ulin re­gard­ing fundrais­ing, and asked the peo­ple who had pri­vately ap­proached by Li­ulin to con­tact the al­liance.

The al­liance also stated that they had never ac­tively ap­proached oth­ers for fundrais­ing, and their dona­tions sources in­cluded ad­vanced pur­chas­ing of their stick­ers.

They de­nied any knowl­edge of Watchout’s own “se­vere fi­nan­cial con­duct,” cit­ing that while Li­ulin had founded the me­dia com­pany, it was not in any way as­so­ci­ated with the al­liance.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions at a Stand­still

The al­liance has been reach­ing out to for­mer al­liance-work­ers at Watchout to get in con­tact with Li­ulin, for fur­ther as­sis­tance in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Al­liance work­ers have yet to re­ceive a re­sponse from Watchout em­ploy­ees; they were un­able to dis­close any in­for­ma­tion as the di­rec­tors have the fi­nal say in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mat­ters.

The state­ment re­vealed the al­liance’s fi­nan­cial strains as well, say­ing that as their or­ga­ni­za­tion em­ployed vol­un­teers with­out pay, it had faced a loss of ca­pa­ble em­ploy­ees.

The al­liance is cur­rently man­aged by the fi­nan­cial af­fairs depart­ment, and said that it vows to con­tinue hold­ing onto their “ini­tial goals” de­spite their cur­rent trou­bles.

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