A special session of the Legislative Yuan opens to review the amendment to the Referendum Act. However, part of the amendment proposal mandates that all citizens who give their signatures in support of a given referendum must present a photocopy of their personal ID. The DPP has decided to remove this article from their proposal, and instead demand all voters to verify their identity through an online platform. The opposition party KMT believes the move is politically motivated, and said they haven't ruled out boycotting the amendment.
Legislators of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have been waiting outside the Legislative Yuan for the ad hoc meeting since last week. During the meeting, legislators from DPP and the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) did not reach an agreement after a discussion on the amendment of the Referendum Act and the personnel of grand justices. The two parties then proceeded to vote on the next step of the meeting. One of the articles proposed by the DPP mandates that all who give their signatures in support of a given referendum must present a photocopy of their personal ID. This part is highly controversial, therefore the DPP has decided to remove it from the proposal.
Another topic of this discussion is that the Central Election Commission (CEC) should reference voting laws from other nations and put in place policies that prevent fraudulent activities during elections.
Annette Lu and former President Chen Shui-bian both believe the referendums should be held on the same day as an election. Therefore we are strongly opposed to the idea of decoupling the two.
The KMT expressed their opposition to the DPP's proposal of decoupling the referendums from the elections. KMT legislators said the DPP's proposal is politically motivated and that the KMT does not rule out the possibility of boycotting the amendment. Members of a local NGO also held a press conference to call on both major parties not to amend the Act in a hasty manner.
We believe the first phase of the review period should last for 4 months, and if any corrections need to be made, another two months are needed. The second phase of the discussion period should last at least 6 months.
Members of the minority New Power Party called on both Major parties to support Hong Kong's anti-extradition protest. They also call on the government to enact laws that prevent China from overtaking Taiwan.
Other than supporting Hong Kong, we need to work hard ourselves. Because the Chinese government's threat and ambition to overtake Taiwan has never dwindled.
Members of several political parties have voiced their support for the protest in Hong Kong. They will collectively make a decision on the matter after discussing it with government departments.