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Electoral official quits over poll process

Electoral official quits over poll process

Another election commission head in one the 18 opposition Kuomintang-controlled localities tendered his resignation yesterday, following in the footsteps of Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Junq-tzer's the day before.
The KMT however continued to insist that all the cities and counties under its rule are determined to follow the "two-step" voting procedure in the next month's legislative election and referendum.
"I cannot take it anymore," said Chuang Chiung-wen, acting chairman of the Taitung County Election Commission yesterday. "The central government decided on the "one-step" voting format and declared that it is in charge of the election, not the local government."
Chuang said he no reason to disregard the CEC's instructions, but added that as his County Magistrate, Kuang Li-chen (鄺麗貞) has insisted on following the agreement reached by the KMT-ruled cities and counties to use a "two-step" voting system, he had no choice but to resign to show his opposition to the KMT decision.
Caught in the middle
He also claimed that all the staff members on the on local government election commissions were under great pressure and were frustrated at the continued squabbling over the voting procedure between the CEC and the local governments.
"It is truly unfair to the workers to be caught in the middle of this controversy," said Chuang.
He criticized the KMT decision to have all the 18 cities and counties under its rule follow a "two-step" voting procedure, saying that the agreement was disrespectful to his commission.
Chuang said that his commission intended to follow the "one-step" procedure as requested by the CEC, but added that he was not sure if this would still obtain after his resignation.
In reaction to the news that Taitung County would follow the one-step voting procedure, Huang Yu-chen, a KMT spokesman, said that, to the best of his knowledge, all the KMT-controlled localities were unified on the issue and would employ the 'two-step' voting process in the election.
Huang claimed that his party's aim was to simplify the voting procedure and thus avoid errors and confusion in the elections, adding that KMT's decision was in line with the current law.
Meanwhile, the election commissions of the Taipei City and County, and Taoyuan County, Taichung County and Hualien County, all of which are governed by the KMT, remained firm on their intention to follow the "two-step" voting system.


Updated : 2020-12-05 19:56 GMT+08:00