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KMT undecided on party boycott of referendum

KMT undecided on party boycott of referendum

The opposition Kuomintang will maintain a hands-off policy for the time being regarding calls by party legislative candidates for a boycott of any referendum in the January 12 polls, a KMT official said yesterday.
Huang Yu-cheng, director of KMT Cultural and Communication Department, said his party is still scratching its head for effective ways to turn out supporters for a referendum proposal it initiated on ridding the administration of corruption.
More concerned with turnout
Huang was asked to comment on criticism from a clutch of small parties earlier in the day that the KMT is contradicting itself by proposing an issue for referendum only to call on its voters to boycott altogether the referendum in the upcoming legislative elections.
Huang said the KMT is busy canvassing voters to cast a ballot for the political party, which is a separate issue from voting for individual candidates, and has no time to think about how to solicit support for the referendum proposal it initiated.
Respecting choices
He said his party fully respects party candidates' calls for a boycott of the referendum, including a proposal initiated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to authorize the government to retrieve the KMT's ill-gotten assets.
The KMT Cultural and Communication Department director said the ruling opposition party would neither encourage, nor hinder party candidates from boycotting the referendum.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:13 GMT+08:00