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Taipei approves referendum draft bill on citizen autonomy

2012/04/24 19:56:06

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) The Taipei City government approved Tuesday a draft bill on referendums that will allow citizens some say in day-to-day life in the metropolis.

The draft bill, which would allow citizens to make decisions on certain civic affairs, requires review and approval by the city council, said Huang Lu Ching-ju, commissioner of the city's Department of Civil Affairs.

She noted that the requirements for holding such referendums will still be quite high.

To initiate a referendum, a proposal would have to collect signatures from over 0.005 percent of the total votes cast in the previous Taipei mayoral election in its first phase, according to the draft bill. In the second phase, a petition would have to get signatures from over 5 percent of the mayoral electorate.

Citing the 2010 Taipei mayoral election as an example, Huang said over 10,230 signatures would be needed in the first phase and over 102,300 signatures in the second phase to meet the requirements for holding a referendum.

(By Johnson Sun and Hanna Liu)