Legislative Yuan opens 2nd special session July 28
Vote on Control Yuan nominees to dominate session
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-09 02:57 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan will open its second special session of the summer on July 28 to hold a vote on the nominees for the Control Yuan, reports said Wednesday.

President Ma Ying-jeou’s 29 nominees for the nation’s top government watchdog body failed to be approved as lawmakers from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party prevented the vote from going ahead on July 4, the final day of the previous special legislative session.

The ruling Kuomintang’s legislative caucus said Wednesday that July 28 had been picked as the next session’s opening date, with hearings about the Control Yuan nominees scheduled for July 13 and 20. KMT lawmakers would have the opportunity to ask questions from the nominees, several of who have come under fire for being allegedly unsuitable for office.

The opposition criticized some of the nominees’ appointments as mere rewards by Ma for their support. The president nominated Central Election Commission Minister Chang Po-ya as president of the Control Yuan and former Indigenous Affairs Minister Sun Ta-chuan as her vice president.

According to the Constitution, the nomination procedure and the vote have to be completed by August 1, leading to the KMT leveling accusations of violating the Constitution against the DPP.

Opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen countered by saying it was the ruling party which was guilty of violations since it did not let its lawmakers vote according to their conscience but threatened them with disciplinary action if they did not approve the presidential nominees.

The KMT caucus said the July 13 and 20 hearings would not be open to the media or to the public. Only ruling party lawmakers would attend, while party vice chairman and secretary-general Tseng Yung-chuan was scheduled to chair the events, the caucus said. President Ma would not be present.

After each hearing, there would be a news conference where reporters would be allowed to ask questions.

DPP legislative caucus chief whip Ker Chien-ming said Wednesday he had been informed about the plan to open a second session on July 28, but he judged it was still too soon to discuss the topic. The KMT should promise it would not force its lawmakers to reveal their ballots in what was supposed to be a secret vote, while a review of the Control Yuan nominees should be conducted in a thorough and serious way, he said.

The ruling party should listen to public opinion and to doubts about the suitability of some Control Yuan nominees instead of trying to ram the list through the Legislature, Ker said.

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