Referendum phrasing to have nuclear outcome: party whips
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus said yesterday that the phrasing of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum will play a crucial part in determining the outcome of the vote, while the opposition argued that the referendum threshold should be lowered so as to downplay the effect that the phrasing may have.
March 5, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
The above-mentioned plant is also known colloquially as Nuke 4.
The content of the vote is currently being drafted by the ruling party's Policy Committee, said KMT whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆), adding that the KMT caucus has not yet approached any individual lawmaker to formally propose the referendum.
”What's important is the content (of the referendum). (The question of) who will propose (the referendum) is not a problem,” Lai said.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that if the referendum threshold is not lowered, the ballot question of whether to “continue construction” or to “halt construction” will lead to different outcomes.
Ker added that his party will not take part in the referendum's petition, but that it will meet the ruling party head on.
The lawmaker went on to say that the Cabinet is trying to push for the plant to be completed through a regulatory technicality.
He further warned the KMT administration that “if it wins the referendum, it will lose public support, as well as its hold on power. That much is very clear.”
In response, Lai said that the referendum threshold is not high at all, and that many nations around the world have similar thresholds.
Lai stressed that the KMT is absolutely serious in regard to the issue, while Ker said that the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum is a movement against a pile of “ruins” and that it is also a fight for justice and survival.
With regard to the matter, both caucus whips said that there should be less political maneuvering.
Under current regulations, a referendum requires at least half of the electorate's votes, and that more than 50 percent of the votes cast are in favor of the proposition, in order for the vote to take effect.