Rights groups join forces to rate 2012 candidates


TAIPEI–More than 20 civic groups formed an alliance Sunday to rate the presidential candidates, in a bid to help voters elect the better choice in the Jan. 14 poll.

The rights groups will put forth questions Oct. 30 for the presidential candidates of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and possibly the tiny People First Party on major issues such as poverty and cross-Taiwan Strait relations, said Chien Hsi-chieh, convener of the Anti-Poverty Alliance of Taiwan.

“We hope the presidential standard-bearers will response within two weeks to our queries,” Chien said.

“We will lodge protests with the candidates at their campaign headquarters should our queries fall on deaf ears,” he added.