The China Post
Date: October 14, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers and anti-gambling activists on
Thursday urged young voters registered in Penghu to tick the “no” box in a Saturday referendum over whether casinos should be permitted in the outlying county.
The party’s youth development director, Huang Shou-ta, reiterated the DPP’s message that gambling was not the only way to boost Penghu’s tourism industry, which he said should be based on the islands’ unique geography and abundant cultural and natural resources.
DPP Legislator Chen Man-li accused “yes” campaigners of making empty promises, such as pledges of money and welfare benefits for Penghu residents.
“I hope those Penghu residents with voting rights will vote ‘no,’ because even if the referendum goes to the ‘yes’ campaign, the central government will not accept the results,” she said.
Ruling party lawmakers also accused the county’s election committee of misleading voters by using the phrase “special tourism zone” on the ballot, with no mention of casino legalization. [FULL STORY]