Few voting infractions reported in Taiwan election - Focus Taiwan

Few voting infractions reported in Taiwan election

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan police)
(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan police)

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Some 31 incidents of voting violations occurred around Taiwan on Saturday during the general election, with most of them involving people taking their cell phones into the voting booth or tearing up their ballots, the National Police Agency (NPA) reported.

In one incident, a woman was trying to obstruct voters, while in another case an 86-year-old woman took home one of the ballots then called the Chiayi City Election Commission to say she had a "very long flyer with grids," according to officials.

The "flyer" was later confirmed to be a ballot for the at-large legislator poll, an official of the city's election commission said.

Taiwan voters were given three ballots in the election -- one to vote for the president and vice president, one for "regional" legislators and a third for at-large legislators.

Of the 31 infractions reported, most were cases of people taking their mobile phones into polling stations, tearing up their ballots, or taking the ballots out of the polling station, the NPA said.

In Taoyuan City, A 78-year-old man tore up his ballot for the at-large legislator poll, saying it was "too long."

This year, 18 political parties are vying for at-large legislative seats, which resulted in a 73-centimeter long ballot.

In an alleged incident in Chiayi County, a worker at a polling station helped a disabled voter drop the completed ballots into the ballot boxes without first obtaining the consent of senior workers at the station, according to the police.

(By Chiang Chun-liang, Lu Tai-cheng and Christie Chen; click here for the full coverage of the elections.) ENDITEM/pc

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