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Tag: election

Electoral reforms would improve democratic practice

I had a letter published in the Taipei Times today suggesting some reforms Taiwan could make to its electoral system. I have previously discussed the importance of referendums for Taiwan and the belligerence of the KMT in opposing them. I also wrote about reforming the voting system for the Legislative Yuan following the election in 2008. [...]

2008 Presidential election links – special edition

First a look at what Taiwan bloggers have written about the election.  Prince Roy writes about being an election observer. A-gu has some suggestions about how the DPP can improve. Kerim on the separation of powers. Michael Turton on the election rejection and what Taiwan might look like in 2016.  Tim Maddog reports on the [...]

Presidential election result

At about 4:30 on Saturday afternoon I arrived at the Freddy Action HQ (逆轉本部) on Roosevelt Road to watch the vote count in Taiwan's Presidential election. Even though only a few votes had been counted, SET-TV (三立電視臺) showed the KMT was leading 59% to the DPP's 41%. As more votes were counted the margin remained [...]

Frank Hsieh campaigns in Taipei

I went to see DPP Presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) make a campaign stop in Taipei today. He came to Dihua Street (迪化街), in the old part of Taipei, to pray at the Xiahai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟).  Frank Hsieh comes out of the temple after paying his respects. He then gave a short speech [...]

228 Memorial Day in Taipei

I arrived at 228 Peace Park just as Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) was finishing his speech. I then watched on as Vice-President Annette Lu and President Chen Shui-bian gave their speeches. As they both spoke in Hoklo Taiwanese I didn't understand what they said. The Taipei Times gives a good summary of Chen's speech.  [...]

On the campaign trail

Today I went to check out some of the campaign activities for the 2008 Taiwan Presidential Election. My first stop was the tent which had recently been set up on a vacant block near Xindian City Hall to promote Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the KMT candidate. I was told KMT Vice-Presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) will [...]

Building a better democracy

There has been no shortage of analysis of the recent election results by Taiwan bloggers. Michael Turton, The Only Redhead, Jerome Keating, A-gu, bent and Tim Maddog have all posted their opinions. Now after a long  period of contemplation it is time for me to put forward a few of my ideas. The 2008 Legislative [...]