Recall campaigners canvas public for additional signatures

By Chen Hui-ping  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Jan 25, 2014 - Page 3

The recall campaign against Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) has entered its final countdown, with the campaign initiator yesterday calling for signatures from the public to help it pass the second phase of the recall process.

The Constitution 133 Alliance in August last year initiated the campaign to recall Wu, who it said was committed to partisan voting and ignored public opinion in the legislature.

Wu represents the constituency in New Taipei City’s (新北市) six districts, namely Sanjhih (三芝), Shihmen (石門), Tamsui (淡水), Bali (八里), Linkou (林口) and Taishan (泰山).

The alliance on Dec. 26 last year completed the first phase of the recall process by submitting about 6,400 signatures, representing 2 percent of the electorate required by the Central Election Commission.

The 30-day second phase began on Jan. 2 and is set to conclude on Saturday next week, the third day of the six-day Lunar New Year break, by which time the campaign needs to gather and submit at least 37,000 signatures.

The alliance said it was a strategy of the commission to drag the second phase into the Lunar New Year break, which would make it more difficult for the alliance to collect signatures.

The alliance said that as of yesterday, it believes it is still short of about 10,000 signatures, urging members of the public to help it collect signatures by the deadline of Saturday next week.

Taiwan Solidarity Union Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) told a press conference yesterday that the party has gathered 8,800 signatures, a target that it had promised to the alliance.

The Democratic Progressive Party, which promised the alliance that it would gather 24,000 signatures, said yesterday that so far it has about 10,000.