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Chen stresses legislative polls will only have one voting format

Chen stresses legislative polls will only have one voting format

President Chen Shui-bian said yesterday that there has been only one voting format set for adoption in the January 12 legislative elections and referendums and there is no "compromise" version.
Speaking during a campaign rally to stump for ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislative candidate Chien Chao-tung in Taichung County, central Taiwan, Chen said there has been only one voting format adopted for the upcoming legislative elections - the "one step" voting format worked out and promulgated by the Central Election Commission more than a month ago.
Chen, however, said he would still like to offer his appreciation to the main opposition Kuomintang for its decision the day before to accept a "compromise" version of voting format, thereby helping to put an end to bitter bickering over the voting format between the Cabinet-level CEC and 18 KMT-controlled local governments over the past several weeks.
Premier Chang Chun-hsiung also spoke Sunday to express relief and to welcome the KMT's decision to no longer insist on adopting a "two step" voting format. He said the administration needs local governments' cooperation in order to carry out electoral affairs smoothly.
KMT Policy committee executive director and Legislator Tseng Yung-chuan announced at a news conference Saturday that the KMT, taking the interests of the whole country into account, would "compromise" by accepting the CEC's rules for the voting format in the Jan. 12 legislative elections in a bid to ensure that Taiwan's democracy continues to flourish.
Tseng said that the KMT would accept the "two-step" ballot distribution and "one-step" ballot casting option recently offered by the CEC. This means that voters will claim two ballots for the legislative elections - one ballot for legislative candidates and another for their favored political party - at one table. At a second table, they will claim another two ballots for the accompanying referendums. The voters will then cast each ballot in one of four ballot boxes in a "one-step" format.
The CEC has planned to have voters claim four ballots at once and cast them at different boxes in a different "one-step" format. But 18 KMT-controlled cities and counties wanted the "two-step" format that was used in the 2004 presidential election, claiming that this would avoid confusion and maintain the confidentiality of the voters. Under the "two-step" format, the voters would have claimed two referendum votes after casting their legislative votes.


Updated : 2021-06-21 01:06 GMT+08:00