Majority favor merger of nation’s elections: CEC


TAIPEI — Over half of the public favors combining the legislative and presidential elections, according to the results of a public opinion poll released by the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday.

The two elections in Taiwan are normally held two to three months apart.

When fielding the survey, the CEC asked people about their “original stance” on the merger, and then asked them to give a “final stance” after informing them about possible pros and cons.

According to the poll’s results, 52.3 percent favored a merger in their original stance, while 28.8 percent advocated for separate elections. 18.9 percent could not decide.

After the pros and cons were delivered, The numbers changed to 55.7 percent of the people in favor, 32.6 against, and 11.7 percent undecided.

For those who favored the merger, the CEC told them a merger could result in problems in governance. A sitting president might have a lame-duck period of four or more months before a new president is inaugurated.

The survey was conducted April 8-10, with 1,657 respondents and a margin of error of 2.41 percentage points.