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Oct 28, 2008

Tsai Ing-wen decides not to take it lying down

The DPP chairwoman has just floated a trial balloon: holding a referendum that, if passed, would simply require sovereignty questions on Taiwan's future to be decided by referendum.

I think it's a good idea but if it's going to work, I think you need to do two things: (1) NOT even try to hold it around a regular election, in order to reduce partisan wrangling and (2) keep the wording short, simple and appealing and (3) consider if it's worth wording the draft so that something like the peace agreement would also have to go through referendum.

2 comments:

STOP Ma said...

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I see nothing wrong with referendums held at election time. However, there most certainly should not be 2 ballot boxes for this scenario. The privacy of the vote (a democratic principle) was compromised in the last 2 referendums -- allowing the KMT to nullify it, politically.

International democratic organizations criticized this process in 2004. However, nothing was done to rectify the problem in 2008. Very sad.
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阿牛 said...

There's nothing *wrong* with holding them together; but the point would be to try to get it passed, and that would mean trying to rob the KMT of boycott excuses.