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Penghu residents could vote again on opening casino in the county

Penghu residents could vote again on opening casino in the county

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) Residents in Taiwan's outlying island county of Penghu could vote again on whether to allow casinos to be opened there after the local government's Referendum Screening Committee passed a proposal to hold a referendum on Friday. If a criteria is met, the residents are expected to cast ballots sometime after Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential election and before the May 20 presidential inauguration in 2016. That would be seven years after the first referendum was held in the county. Chen Meng (??), the convener of an alliance that is pushing for the legalization of gaming in Penghu, expressed appreciation for the committee's move. He said that he will begin soliciting support for the proposal in the next few months so that it can be put to a vote quickly. The proposal will now be sent to the Executive Yuan for screening.
If it is approved, the county's election committee will ask the alliance, which is comprised of tourism and related businesses, to collect signatures amounting to 5 percent of the 82,269 eligible voters in Penghu, or 4,113 people, to allow it to be sent to the election committee to prepare for a referendum. In the first referendum held on Sept. 26, 2009, a total of 17,369 votes, or 56.44 percent of the total valid ballots, were cast against the proposition, while 13,397, or 43.56 percent, supported it. Another 298 ballots were ruled invalid. According to the Referendum Act, the same proposal cannot be raised within three years. (By Chen Chi-ching and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:47 GMT+08:00