Sun, Jan 18, 2015 - Page 3 News List

Taichung recall phase two starts

By Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter

Activists from Total Recall, a group campaigning to recall Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsai Chin-lung, protest outside the Central Election Commission in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Activists from Total Recall — a campaign to oust Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆) — launched the second phase of their petition yesterday at the crowded front gates of Greater Taichung’s Feng Chia University.

In order to initiate a referendum on Tsai’s fate, the group requires the support of 34,200 residents in Tsai’s constituency — Taichung’s Nantun (南屯) and Situn (西屯) districts — within a period of 30 days.

Representatives from the group arrived at the Central Election Commission in Taipei yesterday morning to pick up the petition forms.

The commission announced on Monday that it had validated the petition’s first phase — which required the support of about 6,000 residents.

Taiwan March, a youth activist group founded by prominent members of the Sunflower movement ,said it would aid Total Recall in its grassroots signature drive in Taichung.

Volunteers from the two groups are set to canvass the streets of Taichung today, in a bid to garner support not only for the campaign to recall Tsai, but also for Taiwan March’s petition to lower the 50 percent turnout threshold for referendums.

Organizers from the two groups said both campaigns shared the common goal of promoting direct democracy and youth engagement in politics.

Members of Total Recall said Tsai has failed the public repeatedly and that he has a track record of backing unpopular policies.

The group slammed him for supporting nuclear energy, his endorsement of importing agricultural products from China and his opposition to raising the minimum wage.

With a recall referendum on KMT Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) scheduled to take place in Taipei on Feb. 14, the ongoing petition to oust Tsai Chin-lung would initiate the second recall referendum in a year, if it makes it past the threshold.

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