NOT AN ACCIDENT: A source on the election commission said that 182,848 of the signatures on the party’s petition to reduce air pollution were ruled unacceptable
Date: Sep 30, 2018
By: Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Central Election Commission is to file criminal complaints against the Chinese
Nationalist Party (KMT), which it suspects of forging signatures on a referendum petition to reduce air pollution, a commission official said yesterday.
The commission has determined that there is cause to suspect electoral fraud and officials would convene on Tuesday to decide the proposal’s fate, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The KMT submitted 497,302 signatures for the second phase of the referendum proposal, initiated by KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), but the commission had ruled 182,848 signatures, or 36.8 percent, invalid by Thursday last week, the official said.
More than 2 percent of signatures belonged to dead people, including some who died long before the petitions were signed, the source said, adding that a significant number of signatures were in the same handwriting styles. [FULL STORY]