By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Making video recordings of the ballot counting will
be allowed at the next January 16 legislative and presidential elections, the Central Election Commission said Tuesday.
However, the CEC added the caveat that it would only be permissible if the regular order of the counting proceedings was not disturbed.
Before last November’s local and regional elections, the CEC banned the practice, leading to complaints that irregularities in the counting process would be more difficult to uncover.
At a meeting Tuesday, the CEC overturned its own ban though it added it would devise a new set of rules to make the process fair and open. Last week, lawmakers from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party froze part of the CEC budget on the condition that the government body would allow the practice of video recording. [FULL STORY]