Former vice president lambasts amendments to Taiwan’s referendum law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) has described amendments to Taiwan’s referendum law, approved by the Cabinet in April, as a reversal of democracy. Lu issue...

Launch of electronic referendum system may be postponed due to data risks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Central Election Commission (CEC) said in a legislative hearing Monday (May 6) the launch date for the electronic referendum joint signature system may be delayed due ...

Human rights issues can no longer be the subject of referendums in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - According to Cabinet revisions Thursday, human rights issues can no longer become the subject of referendums if the outcome might go counter to international human rights agreem...

Taiwan activists deliver anti-nuclear referendum petition

A local anti-nuclear coalition submitted a referendum petition Tuesday to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for initial screening. The petition initiated by the National Nuclear Abolition Actio...

US does not support referendum on Taiwan independence: AIT

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Wednesday the United States does not support a referendum on Taiwan independence, which is considered to be in conflict with th...

Ex-AIT chair warns Formosa Alliance on danger of Taiwan Independence referendum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Richard Bush, the former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and a current analyst for the U.S. think tank, the Brookings Institution, offered some cautiona...

Taiwan to defy referendum results, phase out nuclear power by 2025

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will reduce its energy generated by thermal power stations by 1 percent annually in the coming two years, but will proceed with its plan to abolish nuclear power by...

Taiwan will continue CPTPP efforts despite comments by Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The government said Friday it would continue its efforts to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) despite comments by Japan it would be diffic...

Taiwan's justice ministry 'brainstorming' on same-sex marriage bill

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In response to the results of referendum No. 12, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice is devising a same-sex marriage draft bill which it will present to the Legislative Yuan befor...

Lessons from Taiwan’s recent referendums and why e-voting is the way forward

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- The political upheaval of the recent local elections has overshadowed what was a landmark moment in Taiwanese democracy. Last weekend gave the Taiwanese electorate the ch...

Premier Lai rescinds resignation, pledges to respect Taiwan's referendum results

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier William Lai (賴清德) said Monday he will stay on to carry out the government’s policies and reforms, even though his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) s...

Japan regrets Taiwanese vote to maintain food import ban

TAIPEI (CNA) -- Japan expressed regret that Taiwan's public voted on Saturday to back a referendum to maintain the ban on imports of agricultural products and food from areas in Japan affected by ...

Taiwanese vote against gay marriage, back 6 other referendum questions

Taiwanese voters cast ballots in 10 national referendums on Saturday, with seven of the initiatives receiving the backing of enough voters for them to be considered valid, including one against gay ma...

Same-sex marriage referendums: Taiwan Civil Code to remain unchanged

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Results from the three same-sex marriage referendums held on Nov. 24 suggest that the Civil Code will remain unchanged, and legalization of same-sex unions is likely to ta...

Same-sex marriage referendums: Taiwan Civil Code may remain unchanged

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Preliminary results from the same-sex marriage referendums held on Nov. 24 suggest that the Civil Code will remain unchanged, and the legalization of same-sex unions is li...