Threshold lowered for recall of elected public officials

11/29/2016 08:11 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan approved the third and final reading of an amendment to the Public Officials Election and Recall Act on Tuesday, lowering the threshold for the recall of elected public officials.

Under the revised law, a proposed recall can now be passed with a simple majority when the number of consenters exceeds 25 percent of the total eligible electorate in the original electoral district. The current regulation stipulates that a public official can only be recalled if 50 percent of those who vote approve the proposal and turnout is 50 percent or higher.

The amendment also revises a provision in the existing law that forbids all activities either for or against a proposed recall other than those required to collect necessary signatures. Henceforth, activities supporting and opposing recalls will be allowed.

The revised bill will come into force once it is signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

(By Chen Chun-hua and Romulo Huang)enditem/AW

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