KMT subsidizing airfares to lure voters, DPP says

TICKET TO VOTE:The DPP urged authorities to probe allegations that a KMT travel agent in the US is offering discounted fares in exchange for support for the KMT

Taipei Times
Date:  Dec 04, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused the Chinese Nationalist Party

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) New Taipei City Councilor Ho Po-wen, left, listens as DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei speaks at a press conference in Taipei yesterday, raising concerns that the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) branch in the US might be trying to buy votes by offering airfare subsidies for the Jan. 16 elections.  Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) New Taipei City Councilor Ho Po-wen, left, listens as DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei speaks at a press conference in Taipei yesterday, raising concerns that the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) branch in the US might be trying to buy votes by offering airfare subsidies for the Jan. 16 elections. Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

(KMT) of subsidizing airfares for Taiwanese Americans to travel to Taiwan in exchange for their support for the KMT in the Jan. 16 elections.

Speaking at a press conference at the DPP’s legislative caucus office yesterday morning, DPP New Taipei City Councilor Ho Po-wen (何博文) showed a Line message from a group of US-based Taiwanese supporters of KMT presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) and said that the KMT is embroiled in vote-buying.

The message said that members of the group or other pan-blue supporters can purchase a round-trip ticket from Los Angeles to Taipei on Dec. 31 at a discounted price of US$540 on China Airlines’ Flight CI-005.

The message said that it would be better if a party of four could reserve their seats together, adding that individual reservations could be made through a travel agent named Jenny Chang (張佳儀) at the Los Angeles-based Sonic Tour.

The message identified Chang as a KMT member.    [FULL  STORY]

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