A group of small parties urged the public yesterday to reject the referendums initiated by two major parties in the upcoming legislative elections and cast their ballots for them instead.
Led by Hwang Kwang-kuo , chief of the Democratic Action Alliance, these small parties claim at a news conference in Taipei that both the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which initiated a referendum on the country's bid for U.N. membership under the name of Taiwan, and opposition of the Kuomintang, which initiated the referendum on the country's return to the U.N., are cheating the voters as neither of their proposals is feasible.
Hwang and representatives of New Party, Home Party, Nonpartisan Solidarity Union, Taiwan Citizen Party, Taiwan Hakka Party and Taiwan Farmer's Party told the news conference in Taipei that the two major parties are simply using the referendums to turn out their supporters, in full knowledge that the matters being voted on won't be realized through a referendum.
Hwang said the KMT is contradicting itself by proposing a referendum while urging voters to boycott any referendum after finding public opinion was not in favor of the referendums.
Christina Liu, a legislative candidate of the Nonpartisan Solidarity Union told the news conference that the two major parties, which have been fighting tooth and nail over the voting format, intend to shut small parties out of the legislature and deny minorities a voice in the legislature to detriment of the country's democracy.