Hualien County Council Affected by Pandemic 花蓮縣政總質詢 近8成議員因疫未出席

The epidemic has inevitably affected the operations of he Hualien County Council, with only less one-fourth of its members attending the interpellations in person due to the epidemic situation.


The Hualien County Council finished hearing reports from county departments and bureaus on May 9, and interpellations were scheduled to begin on May 10. Due to the epidemic situation, they were postponed until the 12th, 13th, and 16th. However, only seven councilors out of the 32 have indicated they will be in attendance. The others will submit written questions.

Chiu Kuang-ming, Hualien County Councilor: “All the councilors understand the disease prevention pressures on the county government, so many councilors submitted written questions.”

Li Wen-cheng, Hualien County Councilor: “Hualien has the highest contagion ratio, so we need to think twice before holding gatherings.”

Residents expressed concerns about the impact of the absences on the oversight of county affairs. They didn't understand how schools can hold classes online but the county council is unable to hold an interpellation online.

Ms. Wan, Hualien Resident: “It's not difficult to hold an interpellation through a videoconference. I think the council needs to find a way past this issue.”

Mr. Yang, Hualien Resident: “It does seem like we're losing some oversight. There's no need to read too much into what percentage of councilors can attend.”

The council said regulations on official business allow for written questions and official business sessions are broadcasted online by the local media, so the rights and interests of councilors and residents are not affected. At present, the council cannot conduct two-way questioning via videoconferencing due to a lack of equipment.

 

 

 

花蓮縣議會第19屆第7次定期大會才在9日完成各局處業務報告,原定10日口頭質詢卻受到疫情影響,協商到12、13及16日再進行口頭質詢,不過延期還是只有7位議員報名出席,其餘都改書面。

花蓮縣議員邱光明表示:「議員大家都非常的了解我們縣政府防疫的壓力,所以我們這是非常多的議員來提出書面的質詢。」

花蓮縣議員李文正則表示:「按照傳染力的比例,我們花蓮是最高的,針對所謂群聚與否的這個部分,有多加思考。」

但出席率不到4分之1,民眾質疑對縣政監督有很大影響,無法理解為何連校園都能以視訊上課,議會卻無法用視訊來質詢。

花蓮民眾萬小姐指出:「其實線上視訊會議的質詢並不困難,我覺得議會要積極突破這件事。」

花蓮民眾楊先生認為:「確實好像我們失去了一些監督的力量,那為甚麼說,只有不到幾分之幾的議員出席,我們也不需要多做臆測啦。」

縣議會強調,議事規則裡本來就允許書面質詢,議事進行時也會有地方媒體線上直播,對議員與民眾的權益並不會有影響,但目前雙向的視訊質詢受限器材還是沒有辦法。
 

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