The campaign for election of Kuomintang representatives and the KMT Chair is fierce. There have been disputes about members with gang backgrounds joining to bump up numbers, and even the suspect in the murder of a policeman outside a nightclub, Wan Shao-cheng, allegedly made an application to join. Although KMT Taipei City councilor, Yeh Lin-chuan admitted that this was through the director of the KMT service station, Huang Hsiu-ling, since previously Yeh had expressed support for Wu Den-yih, this has tainted Wu. KMT Chair Hung Hsiu-chiu reiterated her stance against those with gang-related backgrounds joining the KMT.
In the four days from Feb. 2 to 6, the fierce competition for positions as Kuomintang Chair and representatives has become apparent. In those four days, over 10,000 extra party members with the right to vote have joined, causing disputes and accusations of number bumping. At the central party meeting, KMT Chair Hung Hsiu-chu took a tough stance on the issue.
==HUNG HSIU-CHU KMT Chair==
We do not allow those with gang related backgrounds into the party and we do not accept anyone who inducts such people into the party. Secondly, we do not accept membership for the sake of bumping up numbers for a certain candidate's support. I have issued an order for local party stations to strictly review this.
A suspect, Wan Shao-cheng, involved in the beating to death of a policeman outside a night club in the Xinyi district in 2014 was reported by media celebrity Clara Chou as having applied to join the KMT. The KMT is taking the accusation seriously and reviewing how applications have been leaked. KMT Taipei City councilor, Yeh Lin-chuan broke his silence to admit that Wan's application had indeed been accepted by the director of the Taipei City KMT service station, Huang Hsiu-ling and Yeh himself had not questioned it. As Huang is standing for a party representative position, she has been very proactive in inducting members into the party to vote for her, without reviewing their applications.She has now been asked to withdraw. As Yeh had previously expressed support for former vice president Wu Den-yih, Wu has also been tainted by the scandal.
==WU DEN-YIH former Vice President==
Whether or not what you say is true, whether someone had this intention, I am not yet making a judgment and have to wait for a review of the application forms, the application dates and the dates of approval, who inducted this person, who accepted the membership fee and so on, to clarify it all, until then, Councilor Yeh should not be accused of wrongdoing.
==STEVE CHAN Former KMT Deputy Chair==
The party image has been affected so we must deal with this properly.
On his Facebook page, KMT Vice Chair Hau Lung-bin called for a strict investigation of membership applications for the purpose of voting for certain candidates and for a public poll to be incorporated into the party voting system.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
記者 林欣儀 陳信隆 台北報導