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SUIT SEEKING TO INVALIDATE ELECTION MUST BE FILED WITHIN 15 DAYS: CEC

2004-03-20 21:47:14

    Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The Central Election Commission (CEC) said Saturday that any lawsuits seeking to invalidate the presidential election result should be filed within 15 days after the CEC publishes the result of the election.

    The CEC said that according to the Election and Recall Law of the President and Vice President, any lawsuit seeking to invalidate the result must be presented within 15 days to the Taipei High Court after the CEC publishes the result of Saturday's election on March 26.

    The CEC announced that President Chen Shui-bian, who was seeking re-election, garnered 50.12 percent of the votes cast, while his challenger, Lien Chan, chairman of the Kuomintang, obtained 49.88 percent. Invalid votes numbered 337,297 or 2.5 percent of the votes cast.

    The CEC was responding to the announcement of presidential candidate Lien Chan, who was challenging President Chen Shui-bian in the two-way election, that he would file a lawsuit because he feels that the election result should be made invalid.

    Lien questioned the gun attack on President Chen and his running mate, Vice President Annette Lu, Friday which he said is "filled with suspicious points, " but he said the impact on the election is "all across the board," and that the election was "unfair."

(By Lilian Wu)

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