The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday that a majority of the public do not support a plan by pan-blue local government officials' to defy the Central Election Commission's (CEC) decision to distribute election and referendum ballots simultaneously in January's legislative elections.
A poll released by the DPP yesterday showed that nearly 48 percent of respondents said they considered the move inappropriate, while about 30 percent said they found it acceptable. About 20 percent of respondents said they did not have any preference.
The survey was conducted by the DPP's Poll Center on Monday and Tuesday.
The DPP's Central Standing Committee said at a meeting yesterday that the administration must boost its public relations campaign at district election commissions to advertise "one-step voting," meaning that ballots be handed out together.
Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓), director of the party's Culture and Information Department, urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to listen to public opinion, adding that the "two-step voting" system that it favored would be more costly.
The CEC ruled last Friday that voters would receive their legislative ballot and two referendum ballots together at the entrance to voting stations. The pan-green and pan-blue camps have accused each other of trying to manipulate election and referendum results.
Eighteen pan-blue local governments have signed a statement pledging to exercise their authority according to the Local Government Act (地方自治法) and handle the elections their own way.
The Cabinet has said that heads of local governments would be held responsible if their administrations did not comply with the CEC ruling, adding that frontline election personnel were also subject to punishment as laid out in the Civil Servants Work Act (
Meanwhile, the committee yesterday agreed to form an anti-vote buying task force headed by Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) to expose suspected vote-buying activities.
Meanwhile, former DPP legislator Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) introduced his campaign team yesterday ahead of the inauguration of his campaign headquarters on Saturday.
Luo will be running as a legislative candidate for Taipei's Da-an District (
Former minister of health Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲), a DPP legislator--at-large candidate who heads the volunteer department for Luo's campaign, asked supporters to divert their sympathy for him to Luo.
Twu was wrongfully accused by Lee and restaurant proprietor Cheng Ko-jung (
The Taiwan High Court ordered the pair to pay Twu NT$1 million (US$30,000) as compensation for damaging Twu's reputation.