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Civil servants urged to strengthen morals

Prosecutor-General Yen Ta-ho (顏大和) yesterday encouraged civil servants to strengthen their morals when conducting corruption inspections during the upcoming polls so as to safeguard the general public from a fixed election.

The Supreme Prosecutors Office held a forum for government ethics and election inspection public servants yesterday.

The forum featured Yen as host with Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), Central Election Commission (中央選舉委員會) Chairwoman Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) as special guest speakers.

Yen Fears World Cup Gambling May Spread into Upcoming Polls

During the forum, Yen was quoted to have said that he fears the recent gambling popularity observed from the 2014 FIFA World Cup would spread into the upcoming elections, and thus begin a gambling trend that could likely affect the outcome of the voting process.

Bribery, Violence Still Exist in Local Polls: Premier

Jiang stated in his speech that thanks to an amendment to the Local Government Act (地方制度法), elections have been categorized into central and local government elections. The differentiation abolishes the inconvenience on civilian lives that result from being bombarded by a large number of elections, as well as decrease frustrations arising from constant disagreements.

The premier also warned that bribery and violence are the lingering negative elements that still exist in Taiwanese elections. Election inspection officers should be strict and selfless when investigating potential corruption, said Jiang.

Challenging Election Year

During her speech, Luo said that this will be a challenging election year for the inspectors. From past experience, it can be concluded that the more positions offered during an election, the higher the chances of corruption. The amendment to the Communication Security and Surveillance Act (通訊保障及監察法) last year has also made it harder for authorities to access communications records and apply for legal surveillance, therefore corruption inspectors ought to find alternative solutions when faced with difficulties, Luo said.

To conclude the forum, Yen encouraged all corruption inspectors to work hard in the final four months of the election period to prevent bribery and violence from influencing voters. Yen also addressed the problem of "phantom voters," which have been a frequent issue recently.

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