Incredibly, the KMT could not even get the vote it wanted in the place that it controls. As the Liberty Times reported today:
針對「澎湖要不要設置國際觀光度假區附設觀光賭場」所進行的全民公投，最後票數為，反對票17359票；贊成13397票票，反對票數大幅超過贊成票。這次公投全縣分設112個投票所，共有7萬3651名投票權人，其中男性3萬7796人，女性3萬5855人。結果出爐，開票現場反賭聯盟的工作人員相擁而泣。...which is to say that the referendum to allow international standard hotels with gaming (gambling) was defeated 17,359 to 13,397, in an area of 73,651 eligible voters. 112 polling stations were erected. The referendum was defeated 56%-44%. Remember, Ma won the election 58-41 in a "landslide."
It is easy to see why the Ma Administration has been fighting so strongly to keep the ECFA economic agreement with
My wife asked the $64,000 question -- "But do you think they will honor the outcome?"
Meanwhile, in the Yunlin legislative by-election, in the Second District of Yunlin County, the DPP candidate is apparently on the way to a crushing victory. Last I heard the vote was over 70K for the DPP, and less than 25K for either of the other two candidates. The by-election was held because KMT Legislator Chang Suo-wen was convicted of vote-buying by the Taiwan High court June 30 and the election was annulled. The Taiwan News said yesterday:
The poll is a three way race between 40-year-old social activist DPP Yunlin County Councilman Liu Chien-kuo, who was defeated by the vote-buying KMT candidate, the official KMT nominee Yunlin Technology University Professor Chang Keng-hui and Yunlin Water Conservancy Society President Chang Kui-yuan, the father of the errant ex-KMT lawmaker.A glorious day.
As Chang Keng-hui's campaign manager is none other than ex-KMT Yunlin County mayor and "boss" Chang Jung-wei, who recently served a prison term for vote buying himself, the campaign constitutes a direct face-off between two KMT candidates directly linked with convicted vote-buyers and a direct victim of "black and gold" money politics running for the DPP.
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