Date: May 27, 2015
By: Lee Hsin-fang / Staff reporter
Veteran political activist Shih Ming-te (施明德), who announced his presidential bid
last week, yesterday launched a signature-collection app developed by his campaign team. While the legality of online signature collection might be challenged, as it has not been approved by the Central Election Committee, Shih said the move is not prohibited and is legal.
Shih would need at least 300,000 signatures to qualify as an independent presidential candidate. He launched his signature campaign yesterday, saying he would sue the committee if it raises questions to impede his effort.
Emphasizing that a legal expert said the collection campaign is workable, Shih said the committee had deliberately picked on young people who sought signatures to recall legislators, but he would not let the committee off the hook if it tries to block his campaign. [FULL STORY]