Fri, Jun 10, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Interior ministry revising law to meet amendments

CNA , TAIPEI

The Ministry of the Interior will work out its draft revisions to an election law soon to pave the way for the implementation of a "single-member district, two votes" electoral system, an ministry official said yesterday.

Lin Ching-chi (林清淇), deputy director of the ministry's Department of Civil Affairs, said during a seminar hosted by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) that the ministry plans to submit its draft revisions to the Public Officials Election and Recall Law (公職人員選舉罷免法) to the Cabinet next month.

Once the Cabinet approves the draft, it would be sent to the Legislative Yuan for review in the next legislative session set to start in September, he said.

The National Assembly on Tuesday passed constitutional amendment package under which the number of legislative seats will be reduced to 113 and a "single-member district, two votes" system will be adopted starting with the next legislature to be elected in 2007.

While 73 seats will be elected from regional districts, there will be six seats for Aborigines and 34 seats for at-large and overseas representatives. The regional seats will be distributed among special municipalities, counties and cities according to their populations, with each enjoying at least one seat and one legislator elected from each district.

The at-large and overseas seats will be allocated to political parties that win at least 5 percent of the votes, according to the proportion of votes they garner.

The Central Election Commission said that it will maintain the integrity of administrative regions while re-demarcating the constituencies in line with the new electoral system.

Meanwhile, Lai said an organic law should be enacted to ensure the commission's impartiality. According to Lai, the commission members should be appointed by proportional representation, and a constituency demarcation review committee should be set up under the commission to protect its independence and objectivity.

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