What was the election? Sina.com reported on the 14th on it, headlined: 全台283家農會今選出1萬1694位會員代表 (Taiwan's 283 Agricultural Cooperatives today chose 11,694 member representatives). Translation by Google:
Tonight, the Executive Yuan Council of Agriculture said today Taiwan's grass-roots 283 farmers in the re-elections, with statistics, the 5577 elected farm team leader, deputy head, as well as 11,694 members of the representative of the entire electoral process was successfully completed, the voter turnout was an average of 56.13 %Elections for agriculture, fisheries, and irrigation cooperatives are famous for their alleged corruption, vote-buying, and vote fraud. The Liberty Times had an article on this problems the following day....Googling the first section produced:
The grass-roots election farmers frequently all over the bribery, prosecutors english intensive interviews to date, has admitted more than bribery or bribery, and people have been taken into custody.Apparently the candidate's wife paid 3,000 yuan a pop to buy votes. The importance of this election to the current ruling party was brought out in the Liberty Times piece:
Yunlin County Council elections乡农Lun Pui competitive Village Farmers Luo Rui Li on behalf of the candidate's wife, Deng廖秀sumatraensis through others, to 3000 yuan per ticket to 19 people buying tickets yesterday, Rui Deng investigation by the prosecution After hearing the sound remand is granted, the wife was廖秀sumatraensis apprize 50,000 yuan to bail; another police received a report refers to 14 the same amount of farmland will campaign on behalf of candidates for the "collective travel" out of people suspected tied Cai Jiming, Lin Geng recorded, but also questioned the prosecution allowed to charge after the sound.
由於農會幹部長期被視為國民黨的地方樁腳The regulations governing elections had been revised under the DPP -- yet another DPP initiative you never hear about when you hear people complain that the "DPP never did anything" -- as part of a package of (attempted) reforms. The local agricultural, fisheries, and irrigation cooperatives have long been a key power base of the KMT -- it's not anything that will ever make the international news, but it is a fundamental factor in shaping the island's political economy. I discuss their history, development and importance to the KMT and to its local patronage networks in this long post. A recent case of a KMT legislator having his seat invalidated shows the kind of role these networks play in local politics.
Because the agricultural cooperative officials have long been regarded as KMT cadres...