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DPP LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS TO FILE ON REFERENDUM BILL'S CONSTITUTIONALITY

2004-01-04 18:55:02

    Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) Lawmakers of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will file a petition Monday to the Judicial Yuan for a unified interpretation of various provisions stipulated in the recently enacted Referendum Bill, DPP legislative caucus officials said Sunday.

    Legislator Lai Ching-te said that there are various provisions of the bill that are unconstitutional, including some on the procedure for amending the ROC Constitution and others that are unreasonable and impracticable.

    For example, he explained, the Legislative Yuan has the right to initiate a referendum and to screen the referendum subjects, while the Executive Yuan is deprived of the right to initiate a referendum.

    At the same time, he added, the DPP caucus will also address the flaws by initiating revisions to the Referendum Bill.

    President Chen Shui-bian enacted the country's first referendum law last Wednesday. The bill took effect Jan. 2.

    Referendum legislation was the DPP's brainchild, but the opposition "pan-blue alliance" of the Kuomintang and the People First Party, which control a majority in the Legislative Yuan, outmaneuvered the ruling party by packing the Cabinet-drafted bill with their own ideas and steamrolling it through the legislature Nov. 27.

    The disappointed Cabinet decided to ask the legislature to reconsider 12 of the 64 articles of the bill Dec. 11, but the requested was rejected Dec. 19.

(By Huang Kwang-chun)

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