Hung accepts chair election criticism

UNFAIRLY IMPUGNED?The KMT chairwoman slammed pension reform, saying that the president had defamed society’s ‘most stable groups,’ and deliberately stirred conflicts

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 22, 2017
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said she is not against reforming

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu, center, second left, speaks during a fundraiser held by the party in Los Angeles on Friday. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)

regulations requiring 3 percent of party members’ signatures to validate a bid for the party’s chair, following KMT Vice Chairman and party chair hopeful Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) description of the stipulation as a “technical barrier.”

While on a visit to the US on Friday, Hung told reporters in Los Angeles that the KMT’s internal election signature collection process is plagued with problems.

The process has long been viewed as a formality, and party members’ signatures are often invalidated after being found on more than one candidate’s signature list, Hung said, adding that the issue should be addressed by discussion and any changes to the electoral process should be approved by a party national congress.

She said she is not against reforms that aim to facilitate “authentic signature collection,” lowering the threshold, or even abolishing the process altogether.    [FULL  STORY]

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