KMT to launch signature drive for pork referendum

AN EATER’s CHOICE? The party has six months to submit a list of nearly 290,000 valid signatures, or 1.5 percent of the total electorate in the most recent presidential election

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 25, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Tents for an overnight vigil outside the Legislative Yuan remain in place even after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) decided to move its protest against the importation of pork with traces of ractopamine online over COVID-19 concerns.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is on Jan. 6 to launch a nationwide signature drive to put the importation of US pork containing traces of ractopamine on the ballot, KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said yesterday.

Lin is the lead proposer of a national referendum that would ask voters if they agree that the government should impose a complete ban on the importation of meat, offal and related products from pigs fed the controversial animal feed additive.

The KMT on Sept. 6 presented the referendum proposal at its National Congress in Taipei, after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Aug. 28 the government’s decision to ease restrictions on the importation of US pork containing traces of ractopamine and beef from cattle aged 30 months or older.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday last week said that the proposal met the requirements of the first stage after satisfying a Nov. 25 request for clarification, and that it would ask household registration authorities to verify the list of proposers within 15 days.

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