Date: Oct 30, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
A session of the Council of Grand Justices yesterday dismissed a second request by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to rule on whether a law on political party assets passed in July is constitutional.
Last month, 35 KMT legislators jointly requested the grand justices issue an interpretation on the The Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations (政黨及其附隨組織不當取得財產處理條例), which the KMT considers to be “unconstitutional and unlawful.”
That request was rejected by the court on Oct. 21 on the grounds that it was not supported by an adequate number of legislators.
According to the law, a request for a constitutional interpretation is considered valid only if it is endorsed by one-third of legislators — which means 38 lawmakers, as the legislature has 113 seats.
The KMT has 35 seats in the legislature, and no other party was willing to support its bid. [FULL STORY]