Kinmen voters overwhelmingly reject casino idea

Kinmen County residents wait to cast their ballot in the referendum instigated by a local councilor to build casinos on the island county on Oct. 28, 2017. An overwhelming majority of people in offshore Kinmen County have voted against having casinos built in their island county. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – An overwhelming majority of people in offshore Kinmen County have voted against having casinos built in their island county, according to the results of the first referendum on gambling held in the county Saturday.

Among the total population of 29,029 eligible voters on the outlying island group, 2,705 voters were in favor of casinos, with 24,368 against the proposal.

The referendum was initiated by Kinmen County Councilor Tsai Chun-sheng (蔡春生) in June, after collecting 5,602 valid signatures – exceeding the 5,178 needed to instigate a referendum. 

By Huang Huei-min and Isabel Wang