No referendums to take place in Taiwan until 2021

Amended Referendum Act provides that referendums will take place on the fourth Saturday of August every other year

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Referendum ballot boxes (CNA file photo)

Referendum ballot boxes (CNA file photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s lawmakers passed an amendment to the Referendum Act on Monday (June 17), ensuring that no referendum will be held alongside the 2020 presidential election, reported the Central News Agency.

Under the revised Referendum Act, all referendums will be postponed until August 2021, including the proposal to resume construction on the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant” (重啟核四), the “Peace and Neutrality for Taiwan” proposal (台灣和平中立), and the “Digital Nation” proposal (數位國家).

The amendment provides that referendums will take place on the fourth Saturday of August every other year.

Lee Chin-yung (李進勇), chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), said the CEC will respect and follow the revised act, which requires the CEC to establish a secure digital platform for referendum petitions as soon as possible.

Lee added that the separation of referendums from regular elections would reduce the logistics burden on the CEC and increase the efficiency of the ballot process, as voters will not have to wait in long lines late into the night as they did in November 2018.