Resubmitted referendum proposal to be reviewed

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

Sat, Dec 18, 2010 - Page 3

The Executive Yuan’s Referendum Review Committee will next month review a referendum proposal submitted by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) on the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China, according to the conclusion of a preparatory meeting held by the committee yesterday.

“[The Referendum Review Committee] is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the referendum proposal on Jan. 3 and formally review it on Jan. 5,” a Central Election Commission (CEC) official, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a -telephone interview.

After being turned down by the Referendum Review Committee twice this year — first in April and then in June — TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝)earlier this month submitted yet another referendum proposal to the CEC, asking the question: “Do you agree with the government’s signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China?”

The CEC confirmed that the referendum proposal received enough endorsements and referred it to the Cabinet’s Referendum Review Committee for further review.

According to the Referendum Act (公民投票法), a referendum proposal must be endorsed by 0.05 percent of the total number of eligible voters in the last presidential election, which would be 86,608 in this case.

If the proposal gets the green light from the Referendum Review Committee, the CEC will then ask the referendum’s initiator to gather signatures from 0.5 percent of the total number of eligible voters from the last presidential election — which would be approximately 866,000 people in this case—before the referendum can make it to polling stations.