Wang is no longer a lawmaker: CEC
CNATAIPEI--Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng has already lost his eligibility to serve as a legislator-at-large because the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), the party which appointed him to the post, revoked his membership, a top election official said yesterday.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Liu Yi-chou, vice chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), said that Wang's case is being handled based on previous examples of lawmakers forced to give up their seats upon losing membership in a political party.
He said that the CEC has followed the regulations of the Civil Servant Election and Recall Act in those cases and in the case of Wang, who was stripped of KMT membership for allegedly pressuring prosecutors not to appeal a not-guilty verdict in favor of another lawmaker in a breach of trust case.
The decision was made by the KMT, and the CEC is responsible only for relaying that decision to the Legislative Yuan, he said.
Liu said he was surprised that many people were still unsure about Wang's legislative status despite the developments.
Sources in the KMT said that Wang's membership in the party was revoked effective Wednesday, the day the party's Evaluation and Discipline Committee decided to make the move as a punitive measure.
The party's Anti-Corruption Committee could still reverse the punishment on appeal — but only if the punishment is found to be non-compliant with party rules. Even if that happens, though, Wang will still be out of the party until the committee's judgment is handed down, the sources said.
In 2010, the KMT revised its rules so that disciplinary measures would remain effective even during appeals, they said.
The revision effectively means an end to Wang's hopes of clinging to his seat by trying to stay in the party, according to sources.
The KMT will not interfere with Wang's Thursday move to request a court review of the Evaluation and Discipline Committee's decision, the sources said, saying it is his right to pursue this course of action.
Wang, 72, has been a major player in the KMT and since becoming president of the Legislature in 1999, has enjoyed popularity among both ruling and opposition lawmakers. He started his legislative career when he was elected in 1975, and was appointed by the KMT as a legislator-at-large in 2004.
In 2005, when he was vice chairman of the ruling party, Wang ran for chairmanship but was defeated by Ma Ying-jeou, who went on to become president in 2008.
An employee looks at a computer screen at the Document Exchange Room of the Legislative Yuan, yesterday. The Legislative Yuan confirmed yesterday that it has received an electronic ...