The Central Election Commission earlier this week published the schedule and rules governing the nationwide local elections on Nov. 29, the biggest in Taiwan’s history in terms of the number of representative posts up for election.
A record-high 11,130 public servants are to be chosen for nine categories of elected offices in what is being called the “nine-in-one” elections, which are to accept official candidate registrations from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5 ahead of the Nov. 29 vote, the commission said.
Voters are to elect mayors of five special municipalities; commissioners and mayors of 16 counties and provincial cities; 907 municipal, county and city councilors; 204 mayors of townships, county-controlled cities and Aboriginal districts; 2,146 councilors for township, county-controlled city and Aboriginal district councils; and 7,851 wardens of villages and boroughs.
Eligible voters are required to bring their identity card, personal chop and voting notice to the polling station.
Commission Vice Chairman Liu Yi-chou (劉義周) told a press briefing that voters are not allowed to bring mobile phones to polling stations and violators would be fined between NT$30,000 and NT$300,000.
CONFUSION: NTHU was told by the Hsinchu Public Health Bureau to not delay disease prevention efforts, but the university’s case had not yet been announced by the CECC The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would set guidelines for other agencies about disclosing information concerning confirmed cases, after some schools expressed confusion regarding interagency communication. Academia Sinica, National Chengchi University and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) have issued announcements to clarify their quarantine measures for confirmed cases. Asked if the center provides guidelines about information disclosure, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman, on Friday advised institutions to check with the CECC before revealing any information beyond what it has announced, citing its smooth collaboration with Academia Sinica as a good example. After
People who throw away their masks in public areas can be fined up to NT$6,000, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. Masks fall under the category of general waste and should be disposed of in regular garbage bins, the ministry said. However, those who discard their masks on the street can be fined NT$1,200 to NT$6,000 under the Waste Disposal Act (廢棄物清理法), it said. Local governments have reported an increase in the number of discarded masks since the COVID-19 outbreak began, as the use of masks has skyrocketed. In Pingtung County a group of volunteers within an hour picked
The High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Taiwan Federation of Financial Unions deputy director Lai Wan-chih (賴萬枝), upholding a sexual assault conviction against him. In 2017 the Taoyuan District Court found Lai guilty of sexually assaulting a secretary, sentencing him to three years and two months in prison in the first ruling, which he appealed. Court documents showed that Lai was part of a federation-organized weekend trip to Nantou County in June 2014. After dinner and KTV, Lai and others in the group went to the secretary’s room and he remained until they were the only two left, the documents
The Ministry of Education has allocated NT$400 million (US$13.2 million) to help universities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are to be used to support schools that have had to introduce “flexible tuition” and “flexible learning” options for overseas students who are unable to return to their schools in Taiwan, and to help schools purchase disease-prevention supplies, such as masks and thermometers, the ministry said in a statement. Public and private universities have until April 15 to apply for the program, it added. About NT$100 million of the funds would come from the government’s special COVID-19 budget, the ministry said. The Legislative Yuan