It’s much to the surprise of the international community that Taiwanese voters cannot vote by means of absentee ballots, given Taiwan’s mature experience in organizing elections. There is no fraud in absentee voting that can’t be prevented. It depends on how much resolve the government has to make it happen.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) employing the device of ‘Foreigner As Validator’ to add legitimacy to his proposals for absentee voting.
As to immediate suspicions of ballot fixing of Taiwanese living in China, Ting had this suggestion:
… in presidential and vice presidential elections, postal voting would be confined to voters who receive vote-by-mail ballots and who mail their stamped ballots within the “Free Area of the Republic of China [ROC].” In line with Additional Article 2 of the ROC Constitution, citizens of the free area of the ROC residing abroad should return to the ROC to vote, Ting said.
The KMT have been gnawing at the bone of absentee ballots since it dawned on them that under Taiwan’s two party system, the party’s grip on power and the institutions of state is far from guaranteed. Since over one million Taiwanese currently live and work in China, a significant proportion of which
were bused back with clear instructions on which winner would ensure their continued pay checks returned to Taiwan to vote in the 2012 Presidential election, the KMT hopes that this ‘China invested’ voter base is their hope for continued electoral success.
Speaking of investment in China, former MAC Chairman and fabricator of the mythical ‘1992 Consensus’ Su Chi was busy prognosticating doom and gloom for Taiwan unless it
joined the China Cargo Cult Economic Fantasy entered political talks with China soon:
At the forum, Su Chi (蘇起), former secretary-general of the National Security Council, said China’s new leaders are highly self-confident, which is reflected in their policy on Taiwan.
In contrast, Taiwan’s economic power is declining and it is locked in a domestic political stalemate, which could lead to passivity in cross-strait relations, Su said.
China’s dominance in formulating the terms of cross-strait relations is expected to continue over the next five years, he added.
Su suggested Taipei push for political dialogue with China, between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and between the DPP and China.
China is dominating! Taiwan is passive and could lose momentum! Quick, everybody lay down your chips, it’s all or nothing! Here we come China or bust! Certainly the Mainland Affairs Council seems to be listening because it appears to be busy making its own preparations:
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday said that the government is considering further exchanges with China through an amendment to the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) and the establishment of reciprocal representative offices.
The government is reviewing the act with a view to deepening and strengthening cross-strait exchanges, Chang said at a forum on China’s new leadership.
Remember that this act was essentially the KMT’s birdcage to open
channels between KMT and CCP and economic elites a relationship between Taiwan to China in the early 1990s and to partly lock out the possibility of formal independence. Could it be that it will soon function as a gateway for political cooperation?