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Taipei mayor supports lowering voting age for referendums

Taipei mayor supports lowering voting age for referendums

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je voiced his staunch support Wednesday for an amendment to the Taipei City Referendum Autonomy Bylaw that would lower the voting age for referendums from 20 to 18.
The Taipei City Citizen Participation Commission met that day to discuss the amendment to the bylaw, as lowering the voting age remains an issue of high interest. Many of the 25 members said they support lowering the voting age for referendums, and the mayor suggested that there should not be any further dispute on the issue.
He told the commission, which is composed of 10 city government officials and 15 representatives of civic organizations, that the city government can state its support for the amendment and that the city council should then review the amendment and decide on its position.
Some members of the commission reminded the mayor that even after the amendment passes the city council, it must still be submitted to the Executive Yuan for review, to which Ko responded that he would dare the Cabinet to make any changes once the city council has approved it.
Survey results regarding lowering the country's overall voting age have been mixed, despite appeals by several civic organizations.
Lawmakers across party lines reached consensus in early April that the voting age should be lowered from the current 20 to 18 years of age, while reviewing a related draft bill. An amendment of the Voting Rights Act needs to pass three legislative readings. (By Ku Chuan and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:49 GMT+08:00