TAIPEI, January 7, 2012 (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities have confiscated more than 2,200 guns in a bid to thwart election-related crime in the run-up to next week's presidential and legislative polls, a report said Saturday.
Prosecutor-general Huang Shyh-ming was quoted by the state Central News Agency as saying that he was determined to prevent any shooting incidents that would affect the elections and "disgrace Taiwan's democracy."
He was referring to two election-eve shootings in 2004 and 2010, which were said to have swayed the close polls with the losing side crying foul.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claimed that such a shooting which injured former vice president Lien Chan's son had skewed the results in the 2010 regional elections to benefit the ruling party.
The incident revived painful memories of another election-eve shooting in 2004, when then president Chen Shui-bian of the DPP was shot while campaigning for re-election.
The KMT alleged that shooting was staged to generate sympathy for Chen, who eventually won by a razor-thin margin in a disputed election that plunged Taiwan into months of political turmoil.
President Ma Ying-jeou and the DPP's Tsai Ing-wen are locked in a tight race, while independent James Soong is trailing far behind in the January 14 vote.
The prosecutor-general's office was not immediately available for comment.