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Taiwanese transitional justice referendums, 2008

Republic of China (Taiwan) transitional justice referendums, 2008

January 12, 2008

  Majority party Minority party
Leader Chen Shui-bian Wu Po-hsiung
Party Democratic Progressive Kuomintang
Leader since May 20, 2000 March 20, 2000
Percentage 91.46% (Question 3)
58.17% (Question 4)
8.54% (Question 3)
41.83% (Question 4)

Two referendums took place in the Republic of China (Taiwan) on 12 January 2008, alongside simultaneous legislative elections. One (officially numbered as Question 3) is on transitional justice and the treatment of contentious properties acquired by the Kuomintang,[1] and a counter-referendum (Question 4) initiated by the Kuomintang on alleged corruption in politics.[2]

This referendum was considered to be a dress rehearsal for a more contentious referendum on support for Taiwan admission to the United Nations to be held in March.

To be effective a referendum under Republic of China law must have over 50% of all voters voting. In this situation, the Kuomintang urged voters to boycott both referendums to prevent them from reaching the threshold needed to for adoption, and there was much pre-election controversy over the format and structure of the balloting. Initially, the Kuomintang was in favor of a two-step balloting system where voters would vote for the legislative elections and then for the referendum while the DPP was in favor of a one-step system in which voters would get all four ballots to vote. The final system was a one-step, two-table system in which voters would get the ballots at separate tables but would vote in one step.

The ROC Central Election Commission declared the failure of both referendums due to low turnout, as less than 50% of eligible voters chose to cast a vote for either question. The legislative election held at the same time had a turn-out rate of around 58%.


  • Questions 1
    • Question 3 1.1
    • Question 4 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Question 3

This question is officially championed by former premier Yu Shyi-kun.

Type of vote % of valid votes
Yes 91.46%
No 8.54%
26.34% of registered voters

Question 4

This question is officially championed by former finance minister Wang Chien-shien.

Type of vote % of valid votes
Yes 58.17%
No 41.83%
26.08% of registered voters

Note that English translations shown are not official.


  1. ^ 台選舉公投爭議落幕將采一階段投票 BBC News, 30 December 2007 (Chinese)
  2. ^ 國民黨抵制追討黨產公投 BBC News, 31 December 2007 (Chinese)

External links

  • Ballot specimens from the Central Election Commission
  • Official bulletin on the referendums and the legislative election
  • Results of the two referendum questions from the Central Election Commission
  • Government Information Office explanation on the referendum
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