Time to start working on direct democracy: Ko

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 07, 2017
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

With the accessibility of the Internet, now is the time to transition from a

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, right, blows out the candles on a cake during a rice harvest event in Beitou District yesterday, which was also the mayor’s birthday. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

representative democracy to a direct democracy, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.

The theme of his mayoral election campaign next year is to be “progressive values,” Ko said during a speech at National Taiwan University on Saturday, adding that the idea came from thinking about how he won the previous election by winning “a battle between generations,” but that it should progress into politics that are value-driven.

Values such as democracy, freedom and openness have become more important, he said, adding that since the city government’s planned budgets are open for public viewing online, city councilors’ supervision would not be needed.    [FULL  STORY]

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