Hold referendums on voting day, KMT says

ABOUT FACE? ‘The public must not sit idly by … as the DPP turns the nation into a one-party state,’ KMT Institute of Revolutionary Practice director Lo Chih-chiang said

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 19, 2020
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang, center; social advocates Huang Shih-hsiu, left, and Chang Tien-shuang, second left; as well as two KMT officials hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday calling for a referendum to hold referendum voting concurrently with national elections.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) yesterday initiated a proposal for a referendum calling for referendum voting to be held concurrently with national elections, with the aim of “returning power to the people.”

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has used its legislative majority to rule aggressively since coming to power in 2016 and prevented members of the public from expressing themselves on issues, Chiang told a news conference in Taipei.

“This situation demonstrates the importance of direct democracy,” he said.

The outcomes of the 2018 referendum votes were not what the DPP had hoped for, so it decoupled referendums from presidential elections, changing the law so that referendum voting would only be held every two years, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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