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Legislative caucuses to amend election rules

Legislative caucuses to amend election rules

The legislative caucuses on Wednesday reached a consensus to introduce legal revisions that would punish government agencies and their officials for endorsing candidates or taking part in campaign activities.
Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng, who hosted a cross-party talk on the issue, said the proposed revisions to election and recall rules were intended to make the nation's election campaigns fairer.
The proposed amendments would bar government agencies and their officials from joining any campaign activities, and violators would be subjected to imprisonment of up to three years.
They also would ban public television outlets from airing campaign commercials, and private-run television companies would be required to adopt uniform terms and commercial rates for all political parties and candidates intent on placing ads.
To make political parties more prudent and responsible in fielding candidates, the planned revisions would impose fines of between NT$500,000 and NT$5 million on parties whose candidates are found guilty of violating election rules later.
The legislative caucuses, however, withheld approval for a KMT-sponsored clause that would allow legislative candidates to qualify for at-large seats if they fail to win in direct elections.


Updated : 2021-08-01 06:39 GMT+08:00