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NA election details to be promulgated today

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Election Commission (CEC) will officially announce today the details of the National Assembly elections, which are slated to be held on May 14.

The promulgation will take place at the CEC building at 10:30am by commission Chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung (張政雄).

Three hundred representatives of the National Assembly (NA) will elected to participate in constitutional amendments.

Following the election, votes for each party-nominated candidate will be counted toward the total votes received for each political party or alliance that a candidate represents. The total number of allocated votes will determine the number of representatives a party or alliance will have in the National Assembly.

The National Assembly Representatives Election Law (國民大會代表選舉法), which was enacted last February, stipulates that a National Assembly will be voted on and formed to implement one of three tasks: constitutional amendments, presidential or vice-presidential impeachment proceedings or territorial modification.

Once a task has been fulfilled, the National Assembly will be dissolved.

Candidates will register from March 22 through March 30. The end of March is the last day for a political party or alliance to change its list of nominees.

On April 21, political parties and alliances will draw serial numbers which will be used for quota-allocation during the election.

Between April 28 and May 2, candidates will be made known to the public take and information about each candidate will be mailed to all voters two days prior the election.

Candidates and political parties will be permitted to express their platforms in the media between May 4 and May 13.

On May 16, two days after the election, the CEC will notify each political party or alliance of its quota based on the total number of votes received for a candidate.

According to Article 24 of the National Assembly Representatives Election Law, after the number of seats won by a political party or alliance is made known, each party will draw lots in the presence of CEC officials to re-distribute the quota to nominees based on their serial number.

Any left over seats will be re-allocated to political parties or alliances according to their respective quotas in order to have a full body of 300 representatives.

The last National Assembly election was held on March 23, 1996. A total of 13 million voters went to the polls and 228 representatives were elected.

The exact date which for which constitutional amendment proceedings will begin has yet been finalized.

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