The Central Election Commission yesterday announced that the number of petition forms for the two referendum proposals launched by the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation had passed the legal threshold, with each garnering more than 550,000 signatures.
As the number of signatures for the referendum petitions had exceeded the legal minimum, the commission said it would convene a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether the proposals are valid and to be included in the voting on Nov. 24.
For a referendum proposal to be established, its initiator has to collect at least 281,745 signatures, or 1.5 percent of the number of the total electors in the most recent presidential and vice presidential election, as stipulated by Article 12 of the Referendum Act (公民投票法).
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times
Launched by the alliance’s referendum convener, Yu Hsin-yi (游信義), one of the proposals asks: “Do you agree that marriage should be strictly defined as between a man and a woman in the Civil Code (民法)?”
According to the commission, the proposal garnered 565,676 valid petitions and 112,296 invalid ones — the latter included 42,025 without a proper signature; 35,566 with no residential address or an incorrect one; 11,254 with an incorrect identification number; 11,253 with a repeated signature; 4,376 with forged information; and 612 signed in the name of a deceased person.
The other proposal submitted by alliance president Tseng Hsien-ying (曾獻瑩) asks: “Do you agree that provisions in the Enforcement Rules for Gender Equity Education Act (性別平等教育法施行細則) concerning homosexuality education should not be implemented at the elementary and junior-high school levels?”
The commission said that the proposal collected 556,366 valid petitions and 113,802 invalid ones — the latter included more than 41,000 forms without a signature or stamp; 37,378 with an incorrect residential address; 12,509 with an incorrect or unclear identification number; 10,741 with a repeated signature; and 535 signed in the name of a dead person.
More than 83 percent of the petitions for the two referendum proposals were valid, while the percentage of forms signed in the name of a dead person was only 0.09 percent, which was lower than the nation’s death rate of 0.73 percent last year, the alliance said in a statement later yesterday, citing data by the Ministry of the Interior.
As for the alliance’s third referendum proposal on establishing a specific law for same-sex marriage, local household registration agencies yesterday said they forwarded the results of their examination of the petition forms’ signatories to the commission, with the results to be announced as soon as the commission completes necessary paperwork.
Meanwhile, the commission said that because petitions for two referendum proposals tendered by same-sex marriage supporters were submitted later than the others, local agencies might not be able to finish checking the validity of the petition forms’ signatories until Wednesday.
The commission has scheduled an additional meeting on Tuesday to examine the petitions and announce the results, commission Vice Chairman Chen Chao-chien (陳朝建) said.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General