Battle lines drawn over vote-buying accusations

FANCY FEAST:DPP officials have estimated that a Hsinchu banquet at the center of the vote-buying controversy would have cost the KMT about NT$8 million to host

Taipei Times
Date:  Jan 01, 2016
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Officials and advisors of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), led by lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄), yesterday headed to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to launch a lawsuit against the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) over alleged vote buying at a banquet event in Hsinchu last weekend.

Koo said that the year-end “thanksgiving” banquet with 1,035 tables and free meals for over 10,000 Hsinchu City residents at a night market plaza was a clear attempt at vote buying to influence the election outcome.

DPP officials have estimated the event would have cost about NT$8 million (US$243,532), including food and drinks, caterers, venue rental and service personnel.

Koo said that if the event’s bill payments can be traced to the KMT, he would consider launching a lawsuit to nullify qualifications for all KMT nominated candidates for legislator-at-large seats.     [FULL  STORY]

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