Date: Oct 22, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu’s temporary leave of absence from his post as New Taipei City mayor conforms to all relevant regulations, Directorate-General of Personnel Administration Minister Frank Huang (黃富源) said yesterday.
“Every citizen is constitutionally entitled to participate in elections,” Huang said on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.
“Chu has applied for a leave of absence from Tuesday until the end of December in accordance with the Public Servants’ Administrative Neutrality Act (公務人員行政中立法) and the Regulations on Civil Servants’ Applications for Leave (公務人員請假規則),” he said.
Huang made the remarks as the legality of Chu’s leave of absence has been called into question, prompting some netizens to urge young people to set their sights on becoming a mayor, as it is the only job in the nation that allows an extended holiday as long as three months. [FULL STORY]