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Presidential, legislative elections to be held concurrently in 2020

2019/01/31 21:13:50

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Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's 2020 presidential and legislative elections will be held on the same day but the exact date has not yet been decided, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said Thursday.

In a statement, the CEC said the decision was reached after consultations with parties concerned for the election of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 15th president and its 10th Legislature.

Acting CEC Chairman Chen Chao-chien (陳朝建) said that the elections, which are due next year, will be held concurrently in the first month of 2020 in principle, on a date to be set later.

Commenting on the CEC announcement, Democratic Progressive Party spokesman Johnny Lin (林琮盛) said it has become the norm to hold the elections on the same day, as was done in 2012 and 2016, and his party supports the decision.

The opposition Kuomintang is also in favor of the decision, according to its spokesman Ouyang Lung (歐陽龍), who said a concurrent election will save time and costs, but he suggested that it be held in March instead of January.

The CEC should also consider revising the regulations on when newly elected legislators are required to take office, he said.

He suggested that new legislators be allowed to take up their posts on the same day that the president is sworn in, which he said will be conducive to a smoother transition.

After a January election, new legislators usually take office in February, while a newly elected president is not sworn in until May.

Meanwhile, Chen said the commission is considering a law amendment to allow referendums to be held separately from national elections. Currently, referendums can only be held alongside a national election.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)