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KMT says Cabinet's threat to prosecute officials a bluff

KMT says Cabinet's threat to prosecute officials a bluff

An opposition Kuomintang official yesterday called the Cabinet's announcement to fire or prosecute local election officials who refuse to comply with a "one-step" voting format in the legislative election next month as a bluff, and challenged the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to declare martial law.
KMT spokeswoman Chen Shu-rong said that the Cabinet had first broken the law governing elections and then misinterpreted the law. She said that according to the law, the Central Election Commission has the authority to decide dates for elections, but local election commissions hold the power to decide how to set up polling stations.
She made the statement in response to a warning made by Cabinet spokesman Chen Ching-chun (陳景峻), who said earlier yesterday that officials in charge of local election commissions who insist on adopting a "two-step" format will be replaced and referred to prosecutors for breaking relevant laws.
On December 21 the Legislature passed a resolution to conduct the legislative and presidential elections, slated for January 12 and March 22, respectively with a two-step voting format, but the Cabinet refused to comply with the resolution, Chen Shu-rong said.
She said that the law sets term lengths for chairpersons and members of local election commissions, and called on the Cabinet not to use criminal law as a bluff to scare local election officials and destroy the elections.
The Cabinet and the 18 KMT-controlled cities and counties have been deadlocked for months in a struggle between a one-step and a two-step voting formats for the legislative and presidential elections - each accompanied by two referendums.


Updated : 2021-04-11 20:08 GMT+08:00