DPP Legislator ‘casts vote’ without being at Legislature

KMT point out that a DPP legislator has voted without being present in the legislative chamber. 

The legislative yuan on July 17. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) continued to protest the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP, 民進黨) the Control Yuan nominations ahead of a confirmation vote on Friday amid a contested vote on Thursday where a DPP legislator voted without being present.

On Friday, the Legislative Yuan is set to confirm the Control Yuan nominees given the DPP majority in the Legislative Yuan. However, the KMT stated that it will not back down without a fight.

KMT legislators continued to protest the Control Yuan vote on the floor of the legislative chamber. Their main point of contention was regarding a vote made by DPP Legislator Chen Ying on Thursday.

Although she was not present to cast her vote, as she was appearing on Sanlih E-Television for an interview, her vote was somehow counted.

The KMT criticized the DPP for being involved in election fraud and asked for a review of the votes. Speaking to members of the Legislative Yuan, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) berated the legislative speaker and DPP members of the Legislative Yuan.

He stated the KMT is willing to negotiate and even offered a compromise. He said the KMT is even willing to accept prominent DPP member and the Legislative Yuan’s Majority Leader Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) over the controversial Chen Chu (陳菊).

The KMT has been contesting the vote to confirm the Control Yuan nominees primarily to prevent former Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu from becoming the President of the Control Yuan.

The KMT argued that due to Chen Chu’s former record of having been under 58 investigations, which resulted in three impeachments, she is not fit to serve as the head of the Control Yuan.