KMT holds firm, DPP to take offensive on Referendum Act
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is preparing an offensive on Taiwan's Referendum Act in the Legislature, though the Kuomintang (KMT) majority looks likely to hold its ground.
February 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
In cross-party negotiations scheduled for next week, the DPP will push to lower the Referendum Act's vote threshold from 50 percent to 20 percent of all eligible voters, announced caucus whip Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) yesterday.
At the DPP's main headquarters, Chairman Su Tseng-chang said that the ruling administration knows the 50-percent threshold ensures failure of their referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
“Everyone has noticed that the government is not interested in resolving the dispute (through referendum), but to use an unreasonable law to ensure that construction continues,” he said.
“We can clearly see that the KMT is a reactionary party and a crooked government.”
Meanwhile, the KMT caucus said it may consider revisions to the number of signatures needed to initiate a referendum, and to approve a referendum in its second-stage petition.
But the final vote threshold stays, said KMT Secretary-General Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆).
“If just a 20-percent turnout can decide the fate of the nation and major policies, then we may as well get rid of the parliamentary system,” he said.
Earlier this week, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) called for a national referendum on the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, a public project that has been beset with construction delays and public controversy for two decades.