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DPP wants to combine referendum, elections

DPP wants to combine referendum, elections

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party announced yesterday that the DPP has been striving to put the issues of recovering ill-gotten party assets and using the name of "Taiwan" to apply for the U.N. membership to a referendum as well as pushing for a three-way combination of the presidential election, the legislative election and the referendum.
DPP Acting Chairman Trong Chai said a referendum must be combined with a general election in order to save on social costs and boost voter turnout rates for referendums. Such a combination was a common practice in other democracies such as the U.S., and such a good policy should not be cast as "tying a referendum to a general election," which denotes the tone of a political scam.
As for whether the legislative election will be currently held with the presidential election, DPP Secretary General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that a meeting of high-ranking government and party officials convened by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) last April had reached a consensus to hold the two elections together and since no revisions of the law are required for such a measure, it is now up to the Cabinet to make a decision on the matter.
Lin said combining elections to cut down number of holding elections is conforming to public opinion, and if the two elections could be combined with a national referendum, it would be even better, Lin said.
KMT spokesman Su Chun-ping dismissed the DPP suggestion as an election gambit and said, "We despise their intention."
KMT Legislator and Policy Committee Executive Director Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said that the Organic Law of the Central Election Commission is yet to be passed in the Legislature, but the CEC will be able to decide on whether to combine the elections in line with the wishes of the DPP administration, which he said will not conform to "election justice."
The DPP has also launched a drive to retrieve the ill-gotten assets of the KMT through a national referendum and has set July as the deadline for collecting 1 million signatures to legally put it to a national referendum. The party has been approaching 13 percent of completing the task.
In addition, the DPP Central Standing Committee last week approved a petition drive to put joining the United Nations under the name of Taiwan through a referendum, and the party has set May 20 to complete the first-stage of collecting 100,000 signatures.


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:27 GMT+08:00