DPP-initiated draft proposal won't get support from KMT
CNATAIPEI -- The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has decided not to join an endorsement campaign initiated by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for a draft amendment to the Constitution that would allow the disbanding of the Control Yuan.
August 21, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu, a caucus whip, said Tuesday that such a proposal aimed at abolishing a government branch is a serious matter that requires careful consideration and public consensus.
“You cannot say 'let's revise the Constitution' and just do it,” Lin said. His caucus will not “dance with” the DPP, nor will it join the endorsement, he noted.
DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi put forth the proposal to amend the Constitution earlier in the day.
The Control Yuan is one of the five branches that constitute the central government of the Republic of China, along with the Executive Yuan, the Legislative Yuan, the Judicial Yuan and the Examination Yuan.
With the powers of impeachment, censure and audit, the Control Yuan was created to oversee government procedure and monitor the behavior of public officials and civil servants.
However, there has recently been public debate over the institution's function, which the DPP has criticized as being challenged by inefficiency and budgetary concerns.
Under the DPP's proposal, the Legislature would install human rights commissioners to carry out the powers of impeachment and censure, and establish a committee to carry out auditing.
The proposed commissioners and members of the planned committee would all be nominated by the president and approved by the Legislature, according to the draft amendment.
Lee said the proposal has won the endorsement of 20 lawmakers.
However, amendments to the Constitution can only be made upon the proposal of no less than 25 percent of the total members of the 113-seat Legislative Yuan, and by a resolution of no less than 75 percent of the members present at a sitting, with a quorum of no less than 75 percent of the entire Legislative Yuan.
Six months after the legislative approval, it then has to be referred to the electorate through a referendum and must be passed by over half of the total number of eligible voters.
The KMT controls a majority of 65 seats in the Legislative Yuan, while the DPP has 40 seats. The opposition party therefore needs to win KMT support to make the draft amendment into a case.