Lawmakers want committee for constitutional amendments


TAIPEI–Legislators across the party spectrum said Saturday that they are optimistic that the Legislature will soon form a constitutional amendment committee.

Their views came one day after New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (���߭�) announced his bid for the chairmanship of the KMT and proposed constitutional reforms to shift to a parliamentary system of government as a solution to the constant political deadlock in Taiwan.

Chu also proposed lowering the voting age to 18 from the current 20, introducing absentee voting and reviewing the voting system of the legislature.

Alex Fai (�O�E��), a KMT legislator and acting director of the KMT’s Policy Committee, said he agrees with Chu’s views on constitutional amendments.

Fai noted that a proposal by KMT Legislator Chiang Chi-chen (���Ҧ�) to form a legislative committee in charge of constitutional amendments has completed the endorsement process.

He noted that former President Lee Teng-hui initiated past constitutional amendments, putting the Legislature into a passive position, which is why he is supportive of the parliamentary system.

On the timetable of forming the committee, Fai said there is no precedent and he could not guarantee a time, but he said nevertheless that he is optimistic about its establishment soon.

Ker Chien-ming (�_�ػ�), a caucus whip of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, said that in addition to issues proposed by Chu, there are some other items that should be discussed, such as incorporating human rights into the Constitution.

He noted that any constitutional amendments will need national, social and bipartisan consensus, which are major issues. He also pointed out that Chu’s proposals do not represent all views.