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KMT to boycott referendums

U-TURN KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said that aside from the Jan. 12 referendums, the party did not rule out boycotting the two other referendums scheduled for March

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hsieh urged the public to support the DPP's referendum proposal seeking to reclaim the KMT stolen assets.

Smaller parties also criticized the KMT's policy U-turn and its motive for launching the referendum.

Describing the KMT's call to boycott the two referendums as "ridiculous," Jou Yi-cheng (周奕成), founder of the Third Society Party, berated the DPP and the KMT for using the referendums as tools and putting the electorate in a difficult position.

"Voters will suffer one way or another, regardless of whether they decide to pick up referendum ballots or not," he said.

Jou said his party would not tell voters what to do because it is up to the voters to decide whether to pick up ballots.

The Third Society Party hoped that political parties would stop initiating referendums in future, however, particularly parties that enjoy a legislative majority, he said, because referendums should be launched by the people.

Nor should political parties tell people what to do because it comes down to the people to decide whether to pick up a referendum ballot or not, he said.

Party spokesman Lin Chih-jen (林致真) urged the electorate to make good use of the second legislative ballot to punish the DPP and the KMT.

Christina Liu (劉憶如), a legislator-at-large candidate for the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, said the source of the problem was the infighting between the two principal parties.

She described the two parties' month-long bickering over the one-step and two-step voting systems as a "two-man act," adding that social unrest would continue if the two parties continued to dominate in the legislature.

Additional reporting by Ko Shu-ling

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