Citizens warned not to vote twice
Those caught trying to use their old and new ID cards to vote twice in next year's elections will face criminal prosecution, the Central Election Commission warned yesterday.
The CEC's warning came as the nation began to issue new ID cards Wednesday, or the first renewal since 1986.
The issuing of the new version of the ID cards will run until December 31, 2006, the CEC said, adding that between now and then, there will be a by-election for legislators in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan, and elections for borough chiefs, and Taipei and Kaohsiung mayors and councilors.
About 90 percent of businesses in Taiwan will offer year-end bonuses to their workers this year, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by an online employment service provider.
The survey showed that the financial, securities and insurance industries will offer the best bonuses this year, at an average of 2.7 months' salary. The second-best is in the trade sector, which will offer bonuses of 1.83 months' salary on average.
The information technology industry will offer 1.58 months, the construction and real estate industries 1.53 months, and the traditional manufacturing industry 1.51 months.
Taiwan will accept nothing less than a bilateral currency clearance agreement with China before it will offer the currency exchange service for the Chinese yuan in Taiwan, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.
Wu rejected the idea proposed by lawmaker Christina Liu of setting up a currency clearance mechanism for the yuan with the Hong Kong branch of the Bank of China and starting the exchange services before any clearance agreement is concluded with Beijing.
Wu said an agreement is not only required by law but also necessary for the financial security of the country, noting that billions of yuan could flow into Taiwan once the exchange service begins and it could jeopardize the security of the country's finances if China refuses to clear them.
A total of 78 percent of Hong Kong residents are against independence for Taiwan, and 53 percent oppose Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations, according to the result of a survey released yesterday in the special administrative region.
The figures compared with 9 percent who are in favor of independence for Taiwan and 24 percent who are supportive of Taiwan's admission to the United Nations.