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ROCCOC to hold re-election to settle accusations of ballot flaws

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The General Chamber of Commerce, R.O.C. (ROCCOC, 全國商業總會) is poised to stage an election for the organization's chairmanship and board of directors and resolve disputes that arose last year due to irregularities at the ballot.

A second election for the chamber's ninth assembly is scheduled to take place on March 21, with the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) appointing Wang Yo-ben (王友本), chairman of the Taiwan Electrical Appliance Association (TEAA, 電器公會全國聯合會), as convener to oversee the procedure.

The ROCCOC's routine election of the chamber's board concluded without resolution last year. Disputes arose after the board election procedures filled 45 seats on the Board of Directors and 17 seats on the Board of Supervisors; however, the procedures were changed on short notice, with members voting for 51 seats on the Board of Directors and 17 seats on the Board of Supervisors.

Following the dispute, the MOI deemed the election flawed and appointed Wang to serve as convener of the re-election on the merit of his status as a neutral third party.

Lai Chang-yi, (賴正鎰), who was elected ROCCOC chairman during last year's flawed election, stated with confidence yesterday that he intends to return to his position without dispute in the forthcoming re-election. Despite the regretful outcome of last year's events, Lai stated that he hopes to end further tarnishing of the ROCCOC's reputation by holding a re-election that meets the MOI's standards in fairness and transparency.

Meanwhile, former ROCCOC Chairman Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼) was incredulous at the MOI's decision to appoint Wang as the convener of the re-election. According to Chang, the re-election should be overseen by the board of the chamber's previous assembly, and that as chairman of the eighth assembly, he himself represents the ideal candidate for convener of the process.

“The MOI should not have accepted Lai's recommendation for Wang to serve as the convener of the re-election” said Chang while deeming the outcome unreasonable. Lai and Wang are obviously aligned, he said.

Chan also vowed to continue appealing the matter with Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁), the newly appointed interior minister, while pledging to go public with the ministry's ruling as soon as possible.

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