CTOT urges expats to vote by mail


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) encouraged Canadian citizens living in Taiwan yesterday to vote by mail in the 40th Canadian general election slated to be held Oct. 14.

“If you are a Canadian living in Taiwan, visit the Elections Canada Web site or come to CTOT and see how easy it is to be part of Canada’s democratic process,” the CTOT said in a press release.

“Your vote will allow your voice to be heard and will help choose Canada’s next government,” the office added.

Noting that there are approximately 25,000 to 30,000 Canadian people living in Taiwan, the CTOT said that any eligible Canadian voter can exercise his or her right to vote from anywhere in the world using a mail-in ballot.

The office encourages all citizens to exercise their democratic rights and said application forms are available at www.elections.ca or at CTOT, which is located at 13F., 265 Fuhsing North Road, Taipei during regular office hours.

Eligible voters will have to register on the election Web site, complete the application form and print, sign and send the completed application form along with supporting documents as described in the instructions, according to the Web page.

The election will elect members to the Canadian House of Commons of the 40th Canadian Parliament.The previous parliament was dissolved Sept. 7 by Governor General Michaelle Jean at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s request.

Harper is trying to strengthen his Conservative minority government’s hold on power — an additional 28 seats are needed for the Conservative Party to gain a parliamentary majority. The election will be Canada’s third in four years.