중앙데일리

Over 88 Percent of Assembly Violated Election Laws

Aug 27,2000

The Central Election Management Commission (CEMC), after reviewing the spending records of candidates in the general elections last April, has reportedly uncovered numerous cases of false reporting by some 200 members of the National Assembly. The members have either reduced or outright omitted expenses that are required to be reported by law.

Previously, CEMC filed a request to the Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate 12 ruling party members and 7 opposition members, significantly less than the 200 that are reportedly under suspicion now.

A CEMC official explained on August 27 that 200 National Assembly members were found to be in violation of election laws for failing to submit all receipts during their campaigning or for keeping expense accounts that are not officially authorized.

As for why the CEMC only turned over the names of 19 members of parliament, the commission said that most of the transgressions were nominal and that the irregularities were seemingly unintentional. Those involed were warned, but CEMC did not submit their names to the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Since more than 88 percent of the government assembly were found to have violated election laws, public criticism seems inevitable, though the average amount spent in a campaign during the past elections, according to candidates, was 87 million won, far below the legal limit of 120 million won.








의원 2백명 선거비 규정 위반

중앙선거관리위가 4·13총선의 선거비용을 실사(實査)하면서 선거비용을 축소·누락하거나 허위신고한 혐의로 2백명 현역의원(전체 지역구의원 2백27명)을 적발한 것으로 알려졌다.
 그러나 선관위는 지난 22일 민주당 의원 12명,한나라당 의원 7명만을 검찰에 고발·수사의뢰한바 있다. 
 선관위 오경화(吳璟華)선거관리관은 27일 "2백명의 의원들이 영수증을 누락하거나 회계책임자의 통장계좌를 통하지 않고 후보등 제3자를 통해 직접 비용을 지불하는등 규정을 어겨 적발됐다"며 "적발되지 않은 의원은 27명뿐이었다"고 말했다.
 선관위는 이중 ^혐의가 무겁거나^불법·초과사용 금액이 큰 의원 19명을 검찰에 고발했으나,나머지 의원들은 사안이 경미하거나 고의성이 없고 단순 사무착오란 이유로 경고 또는 공명선거 협조요청등의 조치를 취했다. 
 지역구 의원 2백27명 가운데 88%가 넘는 2백명의 의원이 선거비용 규정을 지키지 않았다는 사실이 새롭게 밝혀짐에 따라 정치권 전반이 도덕성 시비에 휩싸이게 됐다.
 2백27명 의원이 선관위에 신고한 평균 선거비용 지출액은 법정한도액(1억2천만원)에 못미치는 8천7백만원이었다.








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