Ko blasts DPP’s ‘ideological censorship’

ENDORSEMENT: A Nangang borough warden and a Taipei commissioner are facing expulsion from the party after they endorsed Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s re-election bid

Taipiei Times
Date: Aug 10, 2018
By: Sheng Pei-yao and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday urged the Democratic Progressive

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, front row center, and Taipei Department of Civil Affairs Commissioner Lan Shih-tsung, front row right, yesterday attend a ceremony in Taipei.  Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Party (DPP) to refrain from using ideology to censor its members, after DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) on Wednesday said that the party would expel any member stumping for Ko after Aug. 31, the candidate registration deadline for the November elections.

“Those who stump for Ko will have to make the choice between voluntarily withdrawing from the party and exclusion,” Hsu told SET-TV host Cheng Hung-yi (鄭弘儀).

The decision followed reports that several DPP Taipei city councilors and borough wardens have broken ranks with DPP Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智), the party’s Taipei mayoral candidate.

The DPP’s Taipei chapter on Monday voted against nominating Nangang District (南港) Xixin Borough (西新) Warden Chiu Pi-chu (邱碧珠) for re-election, after Chiu endorsed Ko on multiple occasions.    [FULL  STORY]

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