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Plebiscite Elections Delinked from Nationwide Elections: DPP Railroads Revision of Plebiscite Act

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  Plebiscite Elections Delinked from Nationwide Elections: DPP Railroads Revision of Plebiscite Act

 

Source: UDN

June 18, 2019

In the Legislative Yuan’s (LY) extraordinary session yesterday, the DPP caucus, relying on its supermajority in the LY, railroaded an amendment bill to the Plebiscite Act, introduced by DPP legislator Chiang Chieh-an (蔣絜安) and supported by the ruling party’s caucus. According to the Plebiscite Act, as amended, plebiscite elections shall be delinked from nationwide elections, meaning that it is confirmed that no plebiscite elections will be combined with the 2020 Presidential election.

The newly-amended act stipulates that plebiscite elections shall be held every other year on the fourth Saturday of August, starting 2021.

One provision in the amendment bill, i.e., eligible voters should provide a copy of their identification cards when endorsing a plebiscite proposal, was deleted in the end.

Chen Chao-chien (陳朝建), deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission, stated that with regard to the rules concerning endorsements, the provisions of the unamended Plebiscite Act in this regard “shall still be” applicable to plebiscite proposals which had entered the second stage for co-sponsorships before the date of amendment.

 

 

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