CEC denies political bias against KMT

MEETING STORMED: The KMT’s William Tseng said that because the majority of allegedly forged signatures were found in DPP-controlled cities, it was clearly a set-up

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 02, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Central Election Commission Chairman Chen In-chin (陳英鈐) yesterday said that the

Central Election Commission Chairman Chen In-chin, right, looks on as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators protest at a meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

commission is politically neutral, after Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators accused it of colluding with local governments to create the false impression that the party forged signatures for its referendum proposals.

The commission has been “treating every referendum proposal by the same standards” and found forged signatures from cities across the nation in proposals, not just those where the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) holds office, Chen said at an Internal Administration Committee meeting.

Shortly before the meeting, a dozen KMT legislators had stormed into the room with placards accusing the commission of colluding with the DPP to thwart a KMT referendum proposal, calling on Chen to step down.

The KMT delivered 488,125 signatures for a proposal to reduce air pollution initiated by KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), but the commission said the number was 497,193, while local governments said it found 77,000 of the signatures might have been forged, KMT caucus secretary-general William Tseng (曾銘宗) said.    [FULL  STORY]

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