Combined election date set
The Central Election Commission decided yesterday to combine the elections for county and city heads and councilors, as well as township mayors, on Saturday, Dec. 5. Council Secretary-General Teng Tien-yu (鄧天祐) told a news conference after the meeting that the elections would be held together to cut down on expenses. The combined election would be held from 7am to 5pm that day, giving voters two more hours than the usual 8am to 4pm voting hours. Commission members also heard the dual citizenship case of former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator George Liu (劉寬平), who only formally gave up his US citizenship in 2007 after he finished his term as legislator from 2005 to 2007. Teng said the commission would not make a decision on revoking Liu’s elected status until after they collect relevant documents.
KMT pushing assets revision
The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Clean Government Committee is pushing for the early enactment of an amendment to the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例) that would lead to the prosecution of civil servants holding assets whose sources cannot be identified. The committee resolved on Tuesday to invite Legislator Lin Yi-shih (林益世), the executive director of the party’s Central Policy Committee, to brief the anti-corruption committee next month on progress made in pushing the amendment through the Legislative Yuan. Lin said he hoped the amendment could be passed this legislative session so that it can take effect as soon as possible. The amendment would hold public officials criminally liable if they cannot account for assets in their possession.
Asians sexually unhappy
Fifty-seven percent of men and 64 percent of women in the Asia-Pacific region are dissatisfied with their sex lives, news reports said yesterday. Respondents in only three of the 13 countries where the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer conducted a survey reported satisfaction rates of more than 50 percent. India ranked the highest with 73 percent of respondents to the Asia-Pacific Sexual Health and Overall Wellness survey saying they were satisfied. India was followed by the Philippines at 52 percent, Taiwan at 51 percent and New Zealand at 40 percent. Japan ranked the lowest at 10 percent. The survey by the company that makes Viagra was also conducted in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. It was conducted from May to July last year among 2,016 sexually active men and 1,941 sexually active women aged 25 to 74.
HK, Macau visas extended
The National Immigration Agency yesterday announced that the duration for landing visas or electronic visas for residents of Hong Kong and Macau would be extended to 30 days from 14 days, effective immediately. In other changes, the Ministry of the Interior announced that individuals deemed to be victims of human trafficking could bypass the visa application process if he or she agrees to help with official investigations. Individuals would be asked to stay in Taiwan as long as necessary to help with ongoing court cases. Meanwhile, missionaries must pass a government agency review process before being permitted to apply for residency in Taiwan, the ministry said.
Kinmen wants Chinese water
Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李柱烽) urged the Cabinet yesterday to allow the island to import potable water from China to solve water shortages. Doing so would also provide an alternative to local water that has long been criticized for its quality, Lee said. He raised the issue ahead of a meeting of the Council for Economic Planning and Development next week that will review the feasibility of a proposal by the Water Resources Agency to import water from China.