Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-09-03 12:00 AM
The ‘133 Constitutional Realization Alliance,’ named after the article of the Constitution which allows the public to recall lawmakers, said it would need two or three weeks to collect the signatures of at least 2 percent of voters in the election district of its first target, Wu Yu-sheng.
Wu represents the districts of Tamshui, Sanchih, Shihmen, Pali, Linkou and Taishan in New Taipei City.
The alliance wants to recall a series of KMT lawmakers because of their loyalty to Ma on a range of unpopular subjects, including the construction of the four nuclear plant, higher electricity prices, and the service trade pact with China.
At a news conference Tuesday, alliance founder Neil Peng expressed his gratitude at support his movement was receiving from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. When legislators betrayed the trust of their voters, the public should stand up and let its voice be heard, Peng said. Taiwan’s politics would only be the better for it if the people could exercise their full democratic rights, including recall, he added.
DPP Taipei City Councilor Chien Yu-yen called on young people to come out and support the effort, which would allow them to express their voice for the first time.
The opposition party promised it would send loudspeaker trucks around Wu’s election district to draw more residents out and sign the petition for his recall.
KMT legislative whip Lin Te-fu said the ruling camp stood behind his colleague. He called on the opposition not to use the process of recall because it would increase polarization and confrontation in society. He said focusing on improving the economy was a more worthwhile cause to consider.
The president’s opinion poll ratings have stood near 13 percent for more than a year, amid widespread popular dissatisfaction about a range of issues. Ma’s decline started shortly after he won re-election in January 2012 with more than 50 percent of the vote, as he spoke in favor of allowing the imported of beef from the United States treated with ractopamine.
The next presidential election, in which Ma is not allowed to run, is expected for early 2016, together with legislative elections. In December 2014, voters will choose mayors, county magistrates and local councils.