New Party Initiates Recall of Chen Po-wei|新黨發動罷免陳柏惟 批"問政像草包"


The New Party announced on June 10 that it has formally launched a recall of Legislator Chen Po-wei. It called Chen's lawmaking abilities into question and asked why he frequently traveled to Kaohsiung to promote the recall of Han Kuo-yu when his constituency is Taichung.


Let's fire Q. Everyone support the recall!

Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu was recalled recently, and this may not be the last recall. The New Party held a press conference on June 10 to announce it has initiated the procedures to recall Legislator Chen Po-wei. New Party member Wang Ping-chung likened Chen's performance on the Foreign and National Defense Committee to that of an idiot, and questioned why he frequently traveled to Kaohsiung to support the recall of Han when his constituency is Taichung. The New Party has followed the recall criteria set by the Central Election Commission for Han, which allow for recalls to be initiated for elected officials who have served under one year.

The first reason we have today is idiocy. It's as simple as that. He is a legislator who has neglected his duties and is a complete idiot. What we learned from the Central Election Commission's approval of the certification of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice's facilitation of the entire process is that the promotion of a recall can be initiated against any political figure who has been in office for two months.

In response, Chen dismissed the news as empty words without actions at this stage and said there's no need to waste time discussing it because there's no real effect.

It's a small party that allied itself with the Chinese Communist Party in the past. Now it is taking the lead in the recall. The Kuomintang won't be happy to see this. It's an honor for me that someone cultivated by the Chinese Communist Party and calling themselves Chinese people wants to recall me.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung said past recalls, including ones related to the fourth nuclear power plant, were all initiated by citizens. Based on Taiwan's democratic development, it would be hard for any recall not initiated by citizens to succeed.

Do you believe reprisal recalls can succeed? Recalls are hard work, and one initiated by a political party will not succeed.

The Civil Servants Election and Recall Act was amended in 2016 to lower the recall threshold. For the proposal of a recall, the number of proposers was required to be not less than one percent of the total electors. For the establishment of a proposal of a recall, the number of signers was required to be not less than 10 percent of total electors. For the voting and ballot counting of a recall, the number of consenters was required to be at least one-fourth of the total electors. In 2020, Chen received 112,000 votes to become a legislator. His constituency is Taichung's second legislative district. He will be recalled if one-fourth of the population of that district, or around 70,000 people, vote yes to his recall.



「Let's Fire Q,全民開罷!」

罷韓成功後,報復式罷免呼聲四起,新黨10日召開記者會,正式宣布發起罷免陳柏惟行動。王炳忠痛批,陳柏惟的國防問政猶如草包,更質疑陳柏惟身為台中選區立委,卻頻跑高雄關心罷韓,因此新黨要比照中選會認證的罷韓標準流程,允許在當選人就職不滿一年,就開始啟動罷免宣傳。

新黨青年軍 王炳忠表示:「我們今天就鎖定,第一個理由叫做草包,就是草包那麼簡單,因為最浮浪貢,最孔鏘的立委,最草包的立委,中選會認證內政部背書,法務部護航的標準流程告訴我們,任何一個政治人物就職兩個月,就可以開始發動罷免宣傳。」

對此,陳柏維認為目前喊出的「報復性罷免」都只是風聲,不需要花太多時間討論,也不會捲起實質罷免效果。

台灣基進立委 陳柏惟表示:「小黨過去自稱是中共同路人,他來做罷免領銜人,國民黨不樂見這樣的情況,被共產黨養的人,自認中國人為榮的人說要罷免我,是我的勳章。」

針對報復性罷免呼聲,內政部長徐國勇表示,過去反核四等罷免案,都是公民運動,報復式的罷免以台灣的民主發展程度來說,若不是由公民運動發起很難成功。

主持人 周玉蔻 vs. 內政部長 徐國勇:「(報復式罷免你覺得可以成功嗎?) 罷免是很辛苦的工作,這要是政黨發起,不會通過。」

2016年選罷法修正,將罷免門檻下修,第一階段提案人數達到總選舉人數1%、二階連署人數超過總選舉人數10%,以及最後投票同意票數超過該選區人數四分之一,就可通過罷免案。陳柏惟在2020年以11萬2千多票當選立委,如果罷免案成立,只要台中市第二選區總選舉人數的四分之一,七萬多票投下罷免同意,就會通過罷免案。

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