Mon, May 07, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Showdown likely over draft changes to poll regulations

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The legislature's Home and Nations Committee is scheduled to review a draft amendment today calling for the inclusion of regulations governing absentee voting in the President and Vice President Election and Recall Law (總統副總統選舉罷免法).

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the People First Party (PFP) have co-authored six versions of the draft amendment, including one calling for absentee voting and another calling for studies on whether an administrative vote-recount mechanism should be activated in the event that a candidate wins the presidential election by a razor-thin margin.

Both the KMT and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claim that they will mobilize all resources to defend their positions on the draft amendments.

KMT Legislator John Wu (吳志揚), a convenor of the Home and Nations Committee, said that although all of the KMT and the PFP legislators will be present at today's review, the KMT still hopes the DPP will engage in discussions with opposition parties over the versions.

Meanwhile, DPP Legislator Chang Ching-hui (張慶惠), another Home and Nations Committee convenor, said that none of the six versions is acceptable to the DPP.

Chang said that the DPP would not give up in the face of the pan-blue attempt to force through the draft amendment.

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