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KMT urges voters to boycott referendums

KMT urges voters to boycott referendums

Though bowing to the one-stage voting format, the main opposition Kuomintang Monday called on the voters to boycott the upcoming national referendums to avoid potential confusion at the poll stations on election day.
The nation is due to elect new lawmakers and vote on two national referendums on January 12. One referendum, proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party will ask the people to decide if the government should be empowered to probe and confiscate the KMT's ill-gotten assets. The other vote, initiated by the KMT, will ask the public to decide if the government should be rid of corruption and pay for losses incurred by its wrong decisions.
KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said his party had no choice but to painfully urge the voters to stay away from the referendums though he agreed they are an important embodiment of popular sovereignty.
"Referendums are sacred,”Wu told a news conference after the party's Central Standing Committee.“But the DPP government has used them to confuse the voters. We have no choice but to ask voters to boycott the referendums in order to avoid potential chaos.”
Wu said the Central Election Commission can still make amends if it is willing to call an emergency meeting and separate the referendums from the legislative elections.
As long as the legislative elections and referendums are held on different days, the KMT will back the referendums, Wu said. He did not say if his party will boycott the referendums to be held together with the presidential elections on March 22. The DPP proposes a referendum on whether the country should seek to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan, and the KMT introduces another one on whether the country should try to rejoin the UN under a name that best promises success.


Updated : 2021-04-13 13:03 GMT+08:00