COURT REJECTS LIEN'S ELECTION ANNULMENT LAWSUIT
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court rejected opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's lawsuit Wednesday seeking an annulment of last Saturday's presidential election.
Wen Yao-yuan, a spokesman for the court, said that judges made the ruling based on the President and Vice President Election and Recall Law, which stipulates that a motion on an annulment of a presidential election can only be filed after the Central Election Commission (CEC) formally publishes the election results.
KMT Secretary-General Lin Feng-cheng submitted the motion to the court on behalf of Lien March 20 shortly after the CEC announced a preliminary calculation of the election results that gave President Chen Shui-bian re-election by a slim margin of 0.228 percent, or less than 30,000 votes.
The CEC is scheduled to publish the formal election results March 26.
Wen said that Lien can file another motion after the CEC's official publication and that all ballots seized by the court at Lien's request, including blank, valid and spoiled ballots, as well as name-lists of voters and electoral workers, will continue to be frozen and sealed as evidence.
(By Huang Kwang-chun)
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