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Cabinet issues ultimatum on voting procedures

Cabinet issues ultimatum on voting procedures

The Cabinet issued an ultimatum Monday to all local election authorities that they carry out the legislative polls and referendums in accordance with the voting procedures set forth by the Central Election Commission or face dismissal, removal or legal action.
Cabinet Secretary-general Chen Chin-jun made the announcement after a cross-ministerial meeting convened by Vice Premier Chiou I-jen to deal with potential disobedience by counties and cities under opposition control.
A total of 18 of the 23 counties and cities have vowed to go ahead and organize the legislative elections and referendums based on what they call the two-step format under which voters will receive legislative ballots and cast them into boxes and then move to collect referendum ballots and cast them into different boxes.
The Central Election Commission has adopted the one-step format under which voters will collect legislative and referendum ballots and cast them into different boxes. They insist the two-step format will betray the voters' intentions as ruling Democratic Progressive Party supporters favor the referendum on whether the government should be empowered to probe and confiscate the opposition Kuomintang’s ill-gotten assets, while their opposition counterpart frown on the vote and intend to abstain.
Chen said the central election commission has been authorized to send local election commissions a written warning that they observe the one-step format or face disciplinary measures including dismissal, removal, legal action and other potential punishment.
Again Chen urged KMT-controlled districts not to underestimate the Cabinet's resolve to enforce the one-step format.


Updated : 2021-04-12 08:14 GMT+08:00