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Name change referendum petition submitted to election commission

2018/09/03 13:53:03

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) A petition calling for a national referendum on whether the national team should compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name "Taiwan" instead of "Chinese Taipei" has been submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC) with the required number of signatures, a former athlete who has been leading the campaign said Monday.

The petition has gained 526,688 signatures, way beyond the required minimum of 281,745 in the second stage, according Chi Cheng (紀政), a track and field athlete who won a bronze medal in the 1968 Olympics.

If the CEC approves the proposal, the referendum will be held alongside local government elections on Nov. 24, asking the question, "Do you agree Taiwan should use the name 'Taiwan' to participate in all international sporting events and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo."

Under the recently revised Referendum Act, the required number of signatures on a referendum petition in the first stage is 0.01 percent of the electorate, and 1.5 percent in the second stage.

That means 1,879 signatures were required in the first stage of the current referendum drive and 281,745 in the second stage, based on the electorate of 18,782,991 in the 2016 presidential election.

According to the revised law, a referendum vote will be declared valid if 25 percent of the electorate casts ballots and a majority votes in favor of the petition.

(By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao)
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