NPP Suspends Scandal-Ridden Legislator|高潞遭時力停權 恐失不分區立委身分


Recently, it was reported that an aide to New Power Party Legislator Kawlo Iyun Pacidal had abused her position to secure government subsidies worth NT$4 million, a violation of the Act on Recusal of Public Servants due to Conflicts of Interest. On July 31, the NPP announced it had suspended her party membership, which may result in Kawlo losing her legislator-at-large position. Under the regulations of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, the vacancy can only be filled by a female candidate.


The New Power Party recently issued an ultimatum, ordering Legislator Kawlo Iyun Pacidal to appear before its disciplinary committee by a certain time. Although Kawlo showed up, she refused to answer any questions. The NPP subsequently announced it had suspended her party membership and asked the party's general assembly to expel her.

Legislator Kawlo refused to answer any questions, citing procedural issues. With regard to the part of this case involving illegal behavior, this party will request authorities to investigate. New Power Party government officials should adhere to the basic principles of political integrity and conflict of interest avoidance.

Green Party Taiwan accused Kawlo's assistant of applying for NT$4 million in subsidies from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, a violation of the Act of Recusal of Public Servants Due to Conflicts of Interest. Although Kawlo and her assistant immediately issued statements denying the accusations, her own party was not convinced. The NPP said this case is significant and it will convene a general assembly of party representatives.

Kawlo is a legislator-at-large, and her qualifications are tied to her party membership. That means that if she is expelled and loses her party membership, then she will lose her legislator qualifications.

Kawlo was first on the NPP's proposed legislator-at-large list in 2016. She was followed by Legislator Hsu Yung-ming, National Taiwan University economics professor Jang Show-ling, lawyer Ko Shao-chen, former Taichung City Deputy Mayor Lin Yi-ying, and director Ko I-chen. Under the regulations of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, Kawlo's vacancy can only be filled by a female candidate originally on the list. It is unclear at present whether Jang, Ko Shao-chen, and Lin have retained their party membership and will be able to fill the position. Ko I-chen will not be able to fill the position as he is male. The NPP could end up with one fewer legislator if it is unable to find a suitable candidate.



時代力量祭出最後通牒,要立法委員高潞以用,在期限內現身紀律委員會,雖然她人到了,但因為拒絕回答任何問題,時代力量宣布對高璐做停權處分,並請黨代表大會予以除名。

時代力量發言人 李兆立表示:「高潞委員以程序問題,拒絕回答任何問題,二,就本案涉及違法部分,本黨將移請主管機關調查,三,時代力量黨公職人員,應兼守政治操守,與利益迴避的基本原則。」

被綠黨爆料,辦公室助理申請經濟部補助四百萬元,涉嫌違反利益衝突迴避法,雖然高潞和助理隨即發聲明否認,但現在自家人也認為有問題,時代力量表示,此事屬於臨時重大提案,黨代表大會會盡快召開。

時代力量發言人 李兆立表示:「一旦除名的話,因為高潞以用委員現在是不分區,那她的當選資格跟黨籍是連帶的,所以一旦失去了黨籍之後,當然也會失去立法委員的資格。」

2016年時代力量所提名的不分區立委名單,高潞為第一順位、其次為立委徐永明、台大經濟系教授鄭秀玲、律師柯劭臻、前台中市副市長林依瑩以及導演柯一正,不過依選罷法規定遞補者須為女性,鄭秀玲、柯劭臻、以及林依瑩目前都需再經確認還是否有時代力量黨籍,剩下導演柯一正恐怕無法遞補,也就等同時代力量可能少一席立委。

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