Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Taiwan: Petitioners hand in about 400,000 signatures in Kaohsiung Mayor recall

Petitioners have submitted about 400,000 signatures to the election commission for the recall of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto (who recently lost the presidential race), which could be enough to get the recall on the ballot. The recall vote could take place in June.

Petitioners needed to get signatures of 1% of the city, and have gotten that. They had 28,560 verified and the needed 22,814. Now, petitioners need 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000).

They claim to have gathered a total of 550,000 signatures and after review submitted 400,000.

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and was being threatened with a recall following flooding in the town (though presumably this may be part of the presidential political wrangling). There is an absentee voter provision -- 25% of eligible voters must cast ballots for the recall to count.

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