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Referendum on Constitutional amendments depend on legislative proposals

Referendum on Constitutional amendments depend on legislative proposals

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) If the Legislative Yuan wants to put its proposed amendments to the Constitution to the vote in a referendum on Jan. 16, when the country holds its next presidential and legislative elections, it will need to submit its proposals in mid-June, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) said Saturday.
Wang noted that in response to public expectations of constitutional reforms, the legislature has formed a commission to handle constitutional reform proposals put forward by various political parties.
He noted that a timetable has been drawn up after discussions with the Ministry of the Interior, the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the whips of various parties.
The legislature will need to submit the proposals June 16 at the latest and announce them the following day. The CEC must complete the screening of the proposals within 28 days, so as to be in time for a constitutional referendum six months later, in tandem with the next presidential election set for Jan. 16, 2016.
Wang made the remarks while addressing a meeting on a blueprint for constitutional reforms.
Reports have said that the ruling Kuomintang has proposed changing the system of government from the current semi-presidential system to a parliamentary system. It also hopes to reinstate lawmaker's powers to approve the president's appointment of the premier, drop the voting age to 18, introduce an absentee voting system and streamline the judicial, examination and control yuans.
The main opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party, on the other hand, has proposed amending the Constitution to drop the voting age from 20 to 18, lowering the threshold for constitutional amendments, and abolishing the Control and Exmination Yuans.
Former President Lee Teng-hui (???) said on the same occasion that he is in favor of two-stage constitutional reforms. The first stage would deal with proposed reforms that have wide consensus, while the second would be put to citizen discussions, he said. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 04:19 GMT+08:00