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Court battles to come over ROCCOC election debacle

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Newly elected General Chamber of Commerce, R.O.C. (ROCCOC, 全關商業總會) Chairman Lai Chang-yi, (賴正鎰) yesterday stated that recent litigation launched against him over a dispute about the organization's elections is unfounded.

In December last year the ROCCOC held its members' assembly, at which a routine election of the chamber's board concluded amid disagreement, with numerous board members and supervisors who did not secure enough votes to stay in their postings contesting the allegedly compromised election process while asserting that they were wronged.

The lawsuit against Lai was initiated by Huang Chang-chung (黃正忠) et al., on suspicions that the election was compromised by backdoor dealings and that forgery of documents and ballots was involved. According to the plaintiffs, irregularities such as falsified sign-in and voting records containing the names of ROCCOC members who were not present at the election were found.

In response, Lai stated that firstly his involvement in the incident was limited to the role of a candidate for the chairmanship and board election, and that his capacity in influencing the 600 members and 121 industry associations under the ROCCOC who voted on that day is limited.

Lai also urged former ROCCOC Chairman Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼) to step forward and mediate the dispute toward an amicable conclusion. “The chamber must remain harmonious, not fractured, so that it may better serve its members and Taiwan,” said Lai.

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