Wed, Nov 14, 2007 - Page 3 News List

KMT stages mock vote to spotlight one-step ballot woes

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

University students cast ballots in a mock voting booth during a simulation of the one-step voting process suggested for the referendums and elections next year. The Chinese Nationalist Party organized the event to highlight the problems the one-step process might create.

PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) defended the two-step voting process yesterday, saying that all 18 pan-blue local government heads would make a joint appeal to demand that the Central Election Commission (CEC) hand out referendum ballots and election ballots separately.

The pan-blue and the pan-green camps have been at odds over the voting process.

The pan-blues say handing out ballots separately is simpler while the pan-green camp wants the ballots to be given to voters at the same time.

The commission is set to make a decision on Friday.

The KMT erected mock voting booths yesterday and invited several college students to simulate voting using the alternate ballot distribution methods, seeking to highlight the chaotic situation that could occur if the DPP's proposal was adopted.

"Can I choose not to take the UN referendum ballot? What if I place the ballots in the wrong box? What if I took the referendum ballot but then decided not to cast it?" students asked.

KMT Cultural and Communication Committee commissioner Huang Yu-cheng (黃玉振) said voters could easily be confused by receiving four different ballots at one time, and could place their ballots in the wrong box.

If the ballots were handed out separately, voters would cast their election ballot first and then decide whether to take part in the referendum.

"The commission handed out the ballots separately during the 2004 presidential election. The KMT proposes keeping the same system this time to facilitate the voting procedure, not out of self-interest," Huang said at KMT headquarters.

Huang said the 18 local government heads would make a joint appearance before Friday to urge the commission not to "collaborate" with the government.

They will insist that ballots be distributed separately in their areas, even if the commission decides otherwise, Huang said.

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