Taipei Times: Lax law let wife replace a convicted vote-buyer

On Nov. 22, the Hsinchu District Court convicted Lo Chi-hsiang (羅吉祥), the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) mayor of Hsinchu County’s Jhudong Township (竹東), on charges of vote-buying. It gave him a prison term of three years and 10 months, and deprived him of his civil rights for four years. Upon conviction, Lo was dismissed from office in accordance with the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法).

The Local Government Act (地方制度法) does say that county governments can appoint an acting mayor when a township mayor is suspended or dismissed from office, but the Hsinchu County Government used this power to designate Lo’s wife, Chang Shun-peng (張順朋), as Jhudong’s acting mayor. She took office on Nov. 29.

The county government said it made the move because Chang has considerable leadership and administration experience, is familiar with township affairs and can continue Lo’s policies.

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