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2004-05-17 21:16:36

    Taipei, May 17 (CNA) With the recount of the votes in the presidential election drawing to an end Monday, an official of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it is almost certain that the recount will not reverse the results of the election.

    Cheng Wen-tsan, deputy director of the DPP Department for Cultural and Public Affairs, said that only about 20 percent of the 30,000 ballots disputed by attorneys of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) might be considered as votes for Kuomintang candidate Lien Chan, who lost the election to President Chen Shui-bian by nearly 30,000 votes, and hence will not alter the results of the election.

    Actually, both the KMT and its election partner, the People First Party, know that they were defeated in the election, and a recount will only verify this fact, which is why they chose to bring a lawsuit to try to nullify the election altogether, Cheng said.

    If the recount had found that Lien got more votes than Chen, Cheng said, instead of keeping a low profile, the two opposition parties would have had a field day.

    KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng refused to respond to Cheng's comment, saying only that "he is jumping ahead of himself, the jury is still out in the case."

    Meanwhile the Taiwan High Court, which is hearing the KMT's case, called in attorneys for both sides to meet Tuesday to negotiate a procedure for sorting out differences over the validity of some votes.

(By Maubo Chang)


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