Taiwanese voters are going to the polls this Saturday. Taiwan’s high prosecutor office on Wednesday said it has dispatched prosecutors to police stations in vote-buying hotspots to immediately handle potential bribery cases.
The office says it has recently investigated numerous cases of vote-buying. Official figures show that as of Tuesday, authorities have investigated 304 cases of vote-buying. Prosecutors say the cases show that as campaigns intensify, many candidates’ camps are choosing to exchange cash for voters’ support.
The prosecutor’s office says it has dispatched attorneys to vote-buying hotspots to combat bribery. It says local prosecutors should identify high-risk targets by referencing intelligence and financial flows and quickly investigate them to ensure a clean election.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry says it has already arrested a suspect accused of assaulting a candidate in Taipei. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) says violence should not be allowed to disrupt the election and has asked police to maintain the security of the vote.