Presidential election gambling rises: prosecutor

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–It is tradition in Taiwan that instead of bribery cases, reports of gambling usually dominate during presidential elections, especially in central and southern Taiwan, Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), said yesterday. Huang had made such comments while supervising an inspection of political bribery with Ministry of Justice Vice Minister Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂), yesterday.

According to Huang, a total of 369 reports have been processed as of Dec. 2, and those related to bribery in the legislator campaign are numbered at 9, while those for the presidential election number at 6. Suspicious cases over the legislator and presidential campaigns were 294 and 60 each. Many of the reported cases were related to violence, false propaganda, interference to the elections, gambling, and non-existing populations, etc., Huang pointed out. He refused to point out which city or county has tallied at the top of the list as the region with the most bribery cases, and emphasized that no tallies for the number of bribery cases between political parties had been made. The number of gambling cases usually surpasses that of bribery cases for presidential elections, especially in the central and southern areas in Taiwan, Huang pointed out, adding that prosecutors will be paying close attention to the situation, while the Tainan District Prosecutors Office promised to increase inspections against bribery and gambling cases alike.