By Tai Ya-chen and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Prime Minister Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) directed the
Ministry of the Interior and other government agencies on Thursday to duly implement programs for maintaining social order and the security of related government offices ahead of and after the upcoming Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections.
After hearing reports presented by the interior ministry on the prevention and control of election-related violences and the maintenance of social order at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mao urged the ministry and other related government agencies to fully implement the programs and enhance emergency preparedness.
The ministry said in the reports that it has mobilized a total of 199,796 person-times of police officers and civilians to maintain order at 4,028 campaign rallies and demonstrations from Oct. 1 of last year to Jan. 10 around the nation. [FULL STORY]