Tue, Dec 30, 2014 - Page 8 News List

DPP needs perspective for reform

By Christian Fan Jiang 范姜提昂

At that time, there were 225 seats in the legislature. Of those, 201 attended the vote on the Japanese-style double-ballot election system — an attendance rate of 89.3 percent. Of them, 200 — 99.5 percent — voted yes. The record shows that only then-KMT lawmaker Chen Hung-chang (陳宏昌) was opposed.

For the bill concerning the amendment threshold, the attendance rate was 88 percent, and it was approved by 93.9 percent of legislators. This was of course the result of 10 negotiations over nearly half a year between the ruling and opposition parties.

The KMT was the opposition and the DPP in power. What will surely puzzle future historians is the question of why there were not more DPP votes opposing the amendment.

Christian Fan Jiang is a director of the Northern Taiwan Society.

Translated by Ethan Zhan

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