Date: May 02, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucuses yesterday unveiled their respective proposed amendments to the Constitution.
The Constitutional Amendment Committee is expected to commence the review of various versions of a constitutional amendment bill in the middle of this month after the remaining three scheduled public hearings.
KMT caucus whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) said that, as the legislature is set to go on recess on June 16, the process of amending the Constitution would have to be divided into different stages. The KMT hopes to be able to work on the following in the first stage: lower the voting age from 20 to 18, establish absentee voting and lower the threshold for parties to name legislators-at-large from 5 percent of total party votes to 3 percent. [FULL STORY]