[quote=“SCL”]I think the prevailing analysis is that Lien and Soong have a very weak case for nullifying the vote based on pure legal grounds. However, a strongly worded China Times editorial today called for the political, i.e. extra-legal, resolution of the matter. It asked CSB to:
Direct the executive branch to do an “administrative” recount of the votes (that is, sidestepping the judicial process and hurdles dictated by law)
Form a special commission to investigate the shooting (that is, sidestepping or supplementing the official police investigation)
This is a hard one.
In a mature democracy, such a solution would be clearly unthinkable. Imagine if Bush & Gore directly negotiated the election impasse in 2000 rather than let it wend its way through the courts?! Plus it would set a horrible precedent.
But as everyone knows, Taiwan does not yet have a true society based on the “rule of law.” Given that the protests are really political (“the election was unfair”), not legal in nature, a political resolution may really be necessary.[/quote]
A political solution would proceed according to the rules of politics, and with Chen already in the seat of power I doubt very much that he would find the idea of such a potential “resolution” attractive.
In the absence of evidence suggesting there was some wrongdoing there is no reason for Chen to appoint a special commission to investigate his own shooting. I doubt he would undertake it, certainly not until the police investigation runs its course.