Cabinet to bar Taiwan nationals holding Chinese residency permit to run for office

The bill stipulates that unless the Chinese permit is relinquished, the cardholder is ineligible to take part in any public election or serve as a public employee. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government and party legislators agreed on Feb. 18 to prioritize a bill that would bar a person to run for public office in Taiwan if he or she holds a residence permit from China.

The bill stipulates that unless the Chinese permit is relinquished, the cardholder is ineligible to take part in any public election or serve as a public employee, such as public school teacher or member of the Armed forces, Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said.

Holders of Chinese residency cards would also be required to report any intention to run for public positions to Taiwanese authorities, according to the proposal, the spokesperson said.

The consensus to make the bill a priority in the current legislative session was reached at a meeting between the Cabinet (Executive Yuan) and the Legislature (Legislative Yuan) hosted by Deputy Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and DPP legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), The bill was one of 47 bills to be prioritized for review during the session, which started last Friday.

By Ku Chuan, Yu Hsiang and Ko Lin