Lawmakers disagree on revising local government act
Jan 16, 2017CultureComments Off on Lawmakers disagree on revising local government act
A proposal aimed at revising the Local Government Act has met with differing views in the legislature.
Under the current law, only civil servants are qualified to take up the post of district director. But a proposed revision made by Legislator Lo Chih-cheng from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would allow mayors to appoint their aides to serve as district directors in special municipalities.
Lo said the proposal is aimed at paving the way for district directors to be more in touch with the public, thus boosting government efficiency.
Because right now all of our district directors are civil servants, so I think there is a gap [in understanding the public]," said Lo. "Our idea is to improve governance, administrative efficiency and team work. The goal of our plan is to create a more capable and efficient local government.
But with Taiwan gearing up to hold mayor and county chief elections next year, a lawmaker with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), Wang Yu-min, called the proposal a politically-motivated move.
Those who move up the civil service ladder have the experience and familiarity with administrative rules," said Wang. "There are no concerns over their doing things illegally in law enforcement or currying favor with supervisors. But aides, who are the confidants of mayors and county commissioners, are oriented toward being more politically motivated.