Coalition exceeds signed petition limit

REFERENDUM PROPOSALS: The Central Election Commission is to decide on Tuesday if the referendums, with 83 percent valid signatures, are to be part of the voting on Nov.

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 07, 2018
By: Chen Yu-fu  /  Staff reporter

The Central Election Commission yesterday announced that the number of petition forms

Members of the Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance hold up signs showing the number of people — 1,982,100 — who have signed their three referendum proposals at a news conference in Taipei on Aug. 28.  Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

for the two referendum proposals launched by the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation had passed the legal threshold, with each garnering more than 550,000 signatures.

As the number of signatures for the referendum petitions had exceeded the legal minimum, the commission said it would convene a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether the proposals are valid and to be included in the voting on Nov. 24.

For a referendum proposal to be established, its initiator has to collect at least 281,745 signatures, or 1.5 percent of the number of the total electors in the most recent presidential and vice presidential election, as stipulated by Article 12 of the Referendum Act (公民投票法).

Launched by the alliance’s referendum convener, Yu Hsin-yi (游信義), one of the proposals asks: “Do you agree that marriage should be strictly defined as between a man and a woman in the Civil Code (民法)?”    [FULL  STORY]

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