Exit mechanisms for ineligible councilors pondered
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.