I haven’t had much time to really sit down and think through the reforms needed for Taiwan’s electoral system.
The first thing that came to my mind is the urgent need of a transparent vote counting method. Due to what happened during the entire presidential election campaign process, I could never clear that doubt in my mind of a possible falsified outcome since the entire government system is controlled by strong authoritarian-inclined policy-making KMT in the realms of justice and the rule of law, whose overwhelming parliamentary majority allows it to do whatever they want. How can we trust a government like that? Representatives from different parties should be present to monitor the count of the election votes to ensure that there is no falsification. Without transparency, democracy is impossible. A country without transparency is not a democratic country.
Another thing that came to my mind is an absentee voting mechanism. Adopting an absentee voting mechanism will help increase voter turnout rate as it will make voting more convenient. An absentee ballot is a vote cast by someone who is unable or unwilling to attend the official polling station. In American, Armies and Navies who station in foreign countries or people traveling to another state or country are able to vote for president exercising absentee voting. Taiwan should not restrict that the residents have to go back to their hometown to vote. This will help to increase voter turnout and allow people the opportunity to vote.
Written by Elisa English
On January 20, 2012