An argument broke out yesterday between Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ma Wen-chun (馬文君), who accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of making it difficult for independent presidential candidates to pass the petition stage — a prerequisite for them to qualify for the election.
During an interpellation with Su and Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) on the legislative floor, Ma asked if it is true that a signature must meet 10 requirements to qualify, citing an allegation nade yesterday by former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who last month registered as an independent candidate.
Under the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法), an independent candidate must obtain at least 280,000 signatures to qualify for the next presidential election.
Ma asked Lee whether it was true that if people signed their signatures and affixed their seals on the same petition, that the petition would be annulled.
Lee said that Lu made the same allegations last month and that they stemmed from a misunderstanding.
Pressing Lee for a yes-or-no answer, Ma cut Lee off and accused him of not paying attention.
Su chimed in, saying that Ma had not paid attention to Lee.
Upon hearing this, Ma bellowed: “Premier, my question concerns the right of all citizens.”
By making the submission of signatures difficult, the DPP is bullying senior voters and a senior DPP member, Ma said.
If the DPP can tamper with petition rules now, it could tamper with ballots and voters’ rights later, she said, prompting a response from Su, who said that she was “drawing the wrong conclusion and talking nonsense.”
“Do not talk nonsense during a question-and-answer session,” Su told Ma, but the KMT legislator accused the premier of only giving importance to issues raised by DPP lawmakers.
Su was addressing the allegation — saying that he had earlier in the day told KMT Legislator Chiang Nai-hsin (蔣乃辛) that Chiang’s question deserved attention — when Ma, who had told Su to stop talking, suddenly slammed her hand on the podium.
Lee said that a seal and a signature are not mutually exclusive, adding that under normal circumstances, a petition would still be valid if it bore just one.
Before Ma started on another issue, Su said that the rules were not designed by the DPP, as they had been in place, unchanged, since 1995.
“They were meant to prevent petitions from passing,” Ma said. “The DPP should have kept up with the times and amended those rules.”
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by