Radio Taiwan International
Date: 12 April, 2019
By: John Van Trieste
Premier Su Tseng-chang says a proposed change to the Referendum Act is meant to prevent voter fraud.
The proposal would affect the signature-gathering process required to get a referendum on the ballot. Voters would have to provide photocopies of the front and back of their national ID cards when signing a referendum petition in order to prove their identity.
This proposal is already on its way to becoming law. It is part of a larger bill to amend the Referendum Act that has already received Cabinet approval.
Critics say the bill will stifle willingness to sign on to referendum petitions, limiting their chances of success and damaging democracy. [FULL STORY]