Special Municipality Mayor Candidates Need to Pay NT$2Mln Deposit 民團質疑選舉保證金門檻 剝奪參政權利

To run for mayor in a special municipality, candidates have to hand over a deposit of NT$2 million. Civic groups say the rights of youths and poor people to participate in politics are being violated. Legislator Fan Yun said three years ago, she fought the system by taking it to court. Last month, the Taipei District High Court dismissed her suit. Fan says she will appeal and apply for a constitutional interpretation.

Carpe diem.
In 2018, Taipei City mayor candidate Wu E-yang shot to fame by singing as he presented his political platform. To run for mayor of a special municipality, candidates have to hand over a deposit of NT$2 million. To run for president, candidates have to hand over NT$15 million. To run for legislator or magistrate, candidates are required to pay NT$200,000. If a candidate fails to get a certain number of votes, their deposit is confiscated. Civic groups have long criticized the system, saying it prevents young people and poor people from participating in politics.
Election deposits are unconstitutional.
Some people could hand over NT$2 million cash just to sing a song but (I personally) can't run for (Taipei City mayor) because the threshold is so high.
Fan Yun wants the system abolished. She refused to pay the deposit to run for Taipei City mayor three years ago, and the Taipei City Election Commission refused to process her candidacy application. She filed an administrative lawsuit, which was dismissed by the Taipei District High Court last month. Fan is appealing and says she will apply for a constitutional interpretation if needed.
Having money doesn't mean you won't abuse the system, and not having money doesn't mean you will abuse the system. A deposit system can't guarantee one or the other.
The deposit makes it impossible for poor people to participate in politics.
London mayor and UK parliament candidates only have to pay a deposit equivalent to NT$200,000 and NT$25,000, respectively. Japanese House of Representatives and House of Councillor candidates, meanwhile, only have to pay a deposit equivalent to NT$80,000. Italy, France and some US states do not require deposits, while Germany and Canada have ruled the system unconstitutional. Legal experts in Taiwan say the deposit threshold is too high and does not prevent election abuse, and it should therefore be replaced with a signature or registration system.
2018年台北市長候選人 吳蕚洋(2018.11.10):「人生短短幾個秋…」
民進黨立委 范雲表示:「有人可以繳兩百萬,去唱一首歌。(我)卻因為高門檻,(選台北市長)連參賽資格,都沒有。」
律師 陳鵬光表示:「有錢,不代表就不會濫行參選,而沒有錢,也並不代表一定會濫行參選。有沒有資歷去負擔保證金,它並沒辦法作為區辨。」
台灣守護民主平台會長 張峰益表示:「保證金,讓窮人沒辦法進入政治參與門檻。」