Thursday, May 2, 2013

Absentee balloting takes a big step forward in Taiwan

In an attempt to allow more people to exercise their right to vote, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (EY), or the Cabinet, approved a draft amendment on April 25 to allow Republic of China (ROC) citizens to cast their ballot in the nearest voting station in future island-wide votes.

The proposed measure introduces the so-called "transfer voting," which, however, would apply to presidential elections and national referendums only.

In both spirit and practice, the draft amendment was considered an important step toward the adoption of a full-fledged absentee voting system. The measure now goes to the Legislative Yuan (LY) for further discussion.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to oppose the draft amendment. The ruling Kuomintang (KMT), on the other hand, plans to have the measure reviewed, debated and passed by the end of the current legislative session—in time for the planned yearend referendum vote on the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

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