By: Lu Hsin-hui, Tang pei-chun, Chen Chi-ching and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) The government resolved to do more for Penghu after residents of the outlying
island voted against the opening of casinos on the island in a referendum Saturday.
According to the official results announced by the Penghu Election Commission, 6,210 residents voted for the proposed casinos, while 26,598 voted against. The turnout was 39.56 percent.
Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Penghu residents have expressed their view on public policy through the ballot box, which he said was democracy in action and a form of public participation worth encouraging.
He quoted President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as saying “the government will display resolve and do more (for Penghu).”
Tsai openly came out against the casino plan just three days before the vote.
Executive Yuan spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said that the Cabinet respects the result of the referendum. [FULL STORY]