Taiwan Court Considers Election Recount

By Patrick Goodenough | July 7, 2008 | 8:15 PM EDT

Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Taiwan's High Court was meeting Friday to decide on how to hold a likely recount of the 20 March presidential election, narrowly won by President Chen Shui-bian.

Chen's opponents rejected the result and have been demanding a recount, investigations into alleged irregularities, and a probe into an election-eve shooting in which Chen and his running mate were lightly injured.

The opposition Kuomintang- People First Party bloc has held a series of protests, and are threatening more until their demands are met, saying any upheavals that may result will be the fault of Chen and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The KMT-PFP bloc suspects that the March 19 shooting was staged to trigger a sympathy vote for Chen.

An independent panel has been appointed to investigate the shooting.

Chen earlier agreed to a recount, so the court decision could be speedy. However, procedural matters, including the question of who should cover the costs of a recount, could delay matters.

In a new development Friday, the KMT-PFP bloc said it only wanted the votes for Chen to be recounted.

Chen won by fewer than 30,000 votes out of 13.5 million votes cast.

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Patrick Goodenough
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