CEC Deprives Youths of Right to Vote in Referendums: Envi. Group 公投延至12/18 新增18歲人口卻未納入

Referendums were postponed until Dec. 18 due to the epidemic situation. Environmental groups recently questioned why the Central Election Commission failed to include those who will turn 18 before the new voting date on the voter register.


The impact of the epidemic can be felt everywhere. Numerous events can't be held as scheduled, including referendums scheduled for Aug. 28. They have been postponed to Dec. 18. The Central Election Commission said the compilation of the register of eligible voters will be completed on Aug. 8. That means that anyone under the age of 18 on Aug. 8 will not be eligible to vote. In response, environmental groups criticized this approach, saying it is depriving youths of their right to vote.

Hsieh Jui-en, Algal Reefs Referendum Convener for Universities & Colleges:"They didn't include those who will turn 18 before the new referendum date on the register. We believe this violates Article 7 of the Referendum Act, which says anyone reaching 18 years of age shall have the right to referendum."

Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association lawyer Tsai Ya-ying said the postponement of the referendums wasn't the result of a court ruling them invalid and then organizing a re-vote. According to Article 8 of the Referendum Act, this means that the age and period of residence of a voter need to be calculated up to the day before the polling day.

Tsai Ya-ying, Lawyer, Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association:"Article 8-2 of the Referendum Act explicitly states that the age and period of residence of a voter shall be calculated up to the day before the polling day."

Kurt Tu, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Public Administration, TKU: “You still have a long time to compile the register, but you're applying the method for a natural disaster or force majeure to handle the referendum postponement. There is actually no justification for this in the literal interpretation of this law.”

Environmental groups called on the government to uphold the rights of all those who have turned 18, and include all those born between Aug. 29, 2003, and Dec. 18, 2003, on the voter register. They said the government cannot deprive these 70,000 first-time voters of their rights. If the CEC fails to act, these groups will mobilize with other civic groups to take the next step.

 

 

 

疫情衝擊,各大活動都無法如期舉辦,包括今年8月28號原本要舉行的公投,也宣布改在12月18號投票,不過中選會說明,投票權人名冊在8月8號就會編造完成,也就是8月8號前未滿18歲,就無法參加本次公投,對此,環團批評這樣的作法是剝奪了青年投票權。

藻礁公投大專院校召集人 謝瑞恩表示:「沒有把延期期間,年滿18歲的人口,列入這次的投票權造冊名單。那我們覺得是有違反公投法第七條,年滿18歲享有公民投票權的意志。」

台灣蠻野心足生態協會專職律師蔡雅瀅認為,此次公投延期,並不是法院判決無效確定而重行投票,所以按照公投法第八條的規定,投票權人年齡和居住期間,應該要算到投票前一天為準。


台灣蠻野心足生態協會專職律師 蔡雅瀅表示:「因為在公投法第八條第二項的後段,它有明確地表示說,投票權人的年齡,及居住期間的計算,以算至投票前一日為準。」

淡江大學公行系助理教授 涂予尹表示:「你的這個造冊時間,還有這麼長的一個準備時間情況底下,卻要去引用一個天災或不可抗力情勢的辦法,來辦理公投的延期,這個在法律的文義解釋上,其實是說不過去的。」

環團呼籲政府應該重視所有年滿 18 歲國民的權益,依法將92年8月29日到同年12月18日的出生者,列入投票權人名冊,切勿剝奪7萬名首投族權利,若中選會後續沒有作為,環團也不排除會聯合其他公民團體做下一步行動。

 

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