Absentee voting will not apply to overseas citizens


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s absentee-voting system, set for introduction in 2012, will exclude citizens living overseas, Interior Minister Jiang Yi-huah said yesterday.

For such people to become eligible for absentee votes, the Constitution would need amending, Jiang explained, since it currently requires overseas citizens to return to Taiwan to cast their votes in elections.

Certain technical problems would also need to be overcome with regard to postal or online voting, he added.

Under Ministry of the Interior proposals, absentee voting will be implemented for the first time in Taiwan during the 2012 presidential election, allowing people not resident in their hometowns to apply to vote at a more convenient polling station.

To reduce the chance of vote-rigging, the ministry decided not to adopt postal or online voting.