Annette Lu unveils referendum plans

Taipei Times
Date: Fri, Feb 10, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) announced plans to reduce social division

Former vice president Annette Lu at a news conference in Taipei yesterday holds a tie to promote a referendum to make Taiwan politically neutral. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

along political and ethnic lines, while pushing for a date change of Youth Day in recognition of the Sunflower movement as part of her push for a referendum to make Taiwan a neutral country.

Lu is collecting signatures to launch a referendum in October on the issue of neutrality and announced a series of events to gain support for the initiative.

Rallies are to be held across Taiwan from April to July to boost support for the referendum initiative, with the aim of holding a vote in conjunction with mayoral elections next year to boost voter turnout.

Lu called on the legislature to speed up amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) to lower signature thresholds to enable a referendum, but added that a minimum threshold should be retained to prevent abuse of the system.   [FULL  STORY]

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