Civic Groups Calls on CEC to Hold Referendum Debates 民團籲中選會 應辦公投辯論促雙方對話

With the four referendums taking place in December, civic groups and legislators called on the Central Election Commission to hold a debate to foster mutual understanding.
 


“Referendums must be debated. Democracy cannot rest.”

The referendums on December 18 are almost here. The first opinion presentation will take place on the 13th. Civic groups and legislators held a press conference to jointly call on the Central Election Commission to actively hold multiple debates. It cannot be only one party holding a press conference to express their view. Otherwise, the lack of debate will be a repeat of the 2018 referendums, where no debates were held.

Li Chien-cheng, Spokesperson, Anti-ractopamine Alliance: “We also want to appeal to the Central Election Commission to positively promote more debates instead of one-sided presentations.”

Pan Chung-cheng, Convener, Datan's Algal Reefs Alliance: “The Central Election Commission is open to holding debates. But both sides must agree at the same time for debates to be possible. But then the other side didn't want to debate.”

The leader of the save the algal reef referendum believes holding a hearing with legal effect is the most ideal. He has put forward the idea of the debate before, but no consensus has been reached. Citizen Congress Watch also stated that political parties should take responsibility and put forward public debates. Legislators suggested that the Legislative Yuan could hold a parliamentary-style debate on the referendums to make up for the current lack of debates.

Lin Wei-chou, Legislator (KMT): “There are no debates for the referendum. The CEC can't hold them. The Executive Yuan doesn't dare to hold them. The Legislative Yuan should do it then.”

Tsai Pi-ru, Legislator (TPP): “I hope Speaker Yu Shyi-kun has heard our call.”

Civic groups have sent debate invitation letters to each county and city's ruling party's headquarters. A referendum debate challenge event will be held in Kaohsiung on the 13th and 14th to promote debate and discussion. The CEC said 20 pre-referendum hearings will be held and more details will be announced on the 5th. While it insisted all matters would be handled in accordance with the law, the Commission had no comment on whether or not to hold debates. 

 

 


「公投要辯論,民主不能混!」

1218公投倒數,13號首場公投意見發表會將登場,不過民間團體與立委召開記者會,共同呼籲中選會應該要積極促成正反雙方進行多場辯論,不能只有各說各話的發表會,否則重演2018公投缺乏辯論的情形,只剩對決沒有對話。

反瘦肉精聯盟發言人李建誠表示:「我們在這邊也要向中選會呼籲,應該要更加的積極促成的是公投的辯論會,而不是各說各話的發表會。」
 

珍愛藻礁公投領銜人潘忠政表示:「中選會其實有開放可以做辯論會,但是雙方必須同時都同意才有可能,但後來對方並沒有要辦吧。」

珍愛藻礁公投領銜人認為最理想是舉行聽證會,才有法律效力,之前就曾提出辯論會想法,無奈沒有獲得共識,公督盟也以聲明表示各政黨應負起責任,提出具體論述舉辦辯論會,立委則建議立法院可以啟動國會版的公投辯論會,彌補當前行政運作缺失。

國民黨立委林為洲表示:「全民要公投沒有一場辯論會,好,中選會不能辦,行政院不敢辦,國會來辦。」
 

民眾黨立委蔡壁如表示:「我希望游錫堃院長有聽到我們的呼喊。」

民團表示已經寄出辯論邀請函給執政黨縣市黨部,1314號將在高雄舉辦公投辯論挑戰活動,希望促成辯論交鋒。中選會則回應5號將說明20場次公投意見發表會細節,所有事物依法辦理,對於是否舉辦辯論則沒有評論。

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