Recall act amendment meant to prevent forgeries: KMT
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China Post
May 13, 2014, 12:13 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) said yesterday that it intends to amend the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) to prevent forgeries of recall proposals, in response to accusations claiming that the revision is intended to prevent KMT lawmakers from being recalled.
Meanwhile, the Citizen Congress Watch (CCW, 公督盟) said that it will launch a proposal to recall all lawmakers who support the revision.
A plenary session is scheduled to be held today at the Legislative Yuan over the proposed amendment.
KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that some sectors of society have mistaken the bill for an anti-recall clause, adding that it is actually an anti-forgery clause.
In the past there have been cases in which the names of the deceased have appeared in the lists of joint signers, while there have also been cases in which people's names have appeared on the lists without their consent or knowledge, Lin said.
Like the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法), the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act should also contain the requirement that joint signers provide photocopies of their identification cards to preempt forgery attempts.
If voters need their identities verified in order to receive their ballots, why shouldn't the same requirement be applied in recalls, KMT lawmaker Chiang Huei-chen (江惠貞) asked rhetorically.
Taiwan Association of University Professors head Lu Chung-chin (呂忠津) and independent Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng (馮光遠) also held a press conference and said that the revision infringes upon people's right to launch recalls, and that it also jeopardizes freedom and the constitution.
Peng said that if the amendment is passed, he will help launch a campaign against all lawmakers who support it in 2016.