Controversies continue as the new Control Yuan members will take office on Aug. 1. Opposition parties say the confirmation process was unconstitutional and they will ask for a constitutional interpretation.
The Control Yuan's new members will assume office on Aug. 1. Numerous political scientists have criticized the confirmation hearings for these Control Yuan members, saying there were major procedural defects that violated Article 29 of the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan's Power as the nominees were not deliberated at the committee level.
The actions were clearly, significantly, and plainly illegal. As this illegal behavior was so obvious, the personnel approvals are invalid. Everyone knows that this time procedures were not followed, it's really too obvious.
The Taiwan People's Party has raised doubts over the constitutionality of the confirmation hearings. It is asking for a constitutional interpretation, and submitted an application on July 28. The Kuomintang is also aiming for a constitutional interpretation, and said the abolishment of the Examination Yuan and Control Yuan should be handled through amending the constitution to improve the system.
If the appointments can be passed with a simple majority in favor, then is there any point for the Legislative Yuan's continued existence?
The proposal to abolish the Examination Yuan and Control Yuan has already been established. The version that has the support of 29 committee members can't be sent to the Procedure Committee until the legislative session opens on Sept. 1.
The legislature will form a committee to amend the constitution during the next session, and constitutional amendments are expected to be the next battlefield for the political parties. The Democratic Progressive Party is set to establish a constitutional amendment platform in August headed by Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Lee Chun-yi, who previously participated in a legislative committee to amend the constitution. It will invite scholars and experts to participate and organize public hearings and conferences.