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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■POLITICS

Ma to respect Yilan fine

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said he would respect an Yilan County Election Commission decision to fine him NT$500,000 for citing opinion polls within 10 days of the weekend’s local elections, and would pay the fine with his own money, the party said yesterday. “Chairman Ma said it was his personal negligence, and he should take full responsibility for it,” KMT Spokesman Lee Chien-jung (李建榮) said yesterday at KMT headquarters. Ma cited an opinion poll when addressing the KMT Central Standing Committee meeting in Yilan County on Nov. 25 as indicating that the race in Yilan would be tight and party members should step up campaign efforts. Article 53 of the Election and Recall Act (選舉罷免法) prohibits individuals and political parties from reporting, publishing, commenting on or quoting the results of opinion polls in the 10 days before an election.

■ENVIRONMENT

Littering fines increased

Motorists who throw waste or litter on the nation’s freeways will soon face tougher penalties under initiatives announced by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). While fines for the illegal disposal of waste are set at between ­­NT $1,200 and NT$6,000 under the Waste Disposal Act (廢棄物清理法), EPA officials said that because of increasing amounts of waste on freeways, offenders would now be charged under the Act Governing the Punishment of Violation of Road Traffic Regulation (道路交通管理處罰條例), which carries a minimum fine of NT$3,000. Both acts contain overlapping passages dealing with illegal waste disposed from moving vehicles. Officials said that most litter on freeways were return tickets and receipts from toll booths.

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