SUSPICIONS RAISED: The CEC said that it would decide tomorrow whether to file a complaint against the KMT over purported signatures from people who had died
Date: Oct 01, 2018
By: Lin Liang-sheng and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Central Election Commission (CEC) should proceed with the Chinese Nationalist
Party’s (KMT) referendum proposal for reducing thermal power generation, KMT spokesperson Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷) said yesterday, adding that blocking it would be an obstruction of public opinion.
The commission on Saturday said that there was a strong possibility that the amount of irregularities found among the petition forms submitted could constitute criminal behavior.
Of the 497,193 petition forms the KMT submitted for a proposed referendum to reduce air pollution, which was initiated by KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), 11,849 signatures, or about 2.38 percent, belonged to people who had already passed away before the signature collection began, it said.
The commission said it is bound by Article 241 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法), which stipulates that “a public official who, in the execution of his official duties, learns that there is suspicion that an offense has been committed, must report it.” [FULL STORY]