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SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEAL TO NULLIFY RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT

Central News Agency

2005-06-17 13:10:33

    Taipei, June 17 (CNA) The Supreme Court rejected Friday an appeal filed by defeated presidential candidate Lien Chan and his running mate James Soong to nullify the re-election of President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu.

    Lien and Soong appealed to the Supreme Court after their lawsuit to contest the results of the election was rejected by the Taiwan High Court Nov. 4 last year.

    They alleged that the outcome of last year's March 20 election was influenced by various electoral scandals, a referendum held on the day of the election, and the activation of a national security mechanism following the election-eve shooting of Chen and Lu that Lien and Soong claimed prevented a significant number of members of the police and military forces from going to the polls. They provided no evidence to support their claims.

    The Chen-Lu ticket won the election by a slim margin of only 29,518 votes, or 0.228 percent of the more than 13 million ballots cast. A later vote recount reduced the margin by nearly 4,000 to 25,563 votes.

(By Lilian Wu)

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