Hou Discusses Referendums in Facebook Post 侯友宜臉書發千字文 公投不該淪圈叉題

New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih published a Facebook post, saying only the people have the right to decide their future and they should think independently before voting at the upcoming referendums.

On the 13th, New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih published a 1,000-character post on Facebook discussing the upcoming referendum and how it has devolved into being about individuals rather than issues. He also expressed regret that the referendums have been turned into a pseudo-election with extreme levels of opposition and conflict. 

Hou later said his post was essentially a repost of something he wrote three years ago when he was running for mayor because his promise to voters remains the same.

Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “It was basically a repost of what I wrote three years ago when I was running (for mayor). At the time, I was talking about the core value of the people getting to decide their future based on reason and science.”

Hou reiterated that the right to determine the future of the nation should rest in the hands of the people. Kuomintang Chair Eric Chu, meanwhile, said the party must stand behind its convictions.

Eric Chu, KMT Chair: “The KMT has its viewpoint, and opposition parties have their responsibilities. When you have a ruling party that does whatever it wants, we must stand with the people. If we don't, who will?”

Hou was elected New Taipei City mayor in 2018 with 1.16 million votes, compared to the 950,000 Chu collected in 2014. There are 3.42 million voters in New Taipei City eligible to vote in the referendums.









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