Returnee voters key to Taiwanese elections

Jan 12, 2012 Full story: Uzbekistan

TAIPEI: This Saturday, every vote will count in what looks to be a photo finish between Taiwan's incumbent president, Ma Ying-jeou, and his main rival, Tsai Ing-Wen. And with no system in place for overseas voting, Taiwanese working abroad will have to make their way back to the island to cast their vote.Fifty-six-year-old Gary Lu is a returnee ... (more)

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Shenzhen, China

#1 Jan 13, 2012
An extra 50,000 votes to tip the scale in favor of Ma.

Lorena, TX

#2 Jan 13, 2012
RayH wrote:
An extra 50,000 votes to tip the scale in favor of Ma.

CHINA must pay a lot of MONEY for their TICKETS back to TAIWAN....

{This Article said, "Because Taiwan does not allow absentee balloting, Taishang executives have been urging their compatriots to return home to vote, warning that a victory for Ms. Tsai could anger Beijing and prompt it to yank back the welcome mat. But Taishang business leaders have done more than exhort. They have arranged for discounted plane tickets, pressed Chinese airlines and those from Taiwan to add 200 flights and have offered their employees paid holidays that coincide with Election Day, which falls just more than a week before the start of the Chinese New Year.

When seats on regularly scheduled flights to Taiwan sold out, business groups in and around Shanghai and Guangzhou organized charter flights. Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn, an electronics manufacturing giant based in Taiwan, is reportedly flying home 5,000 of his employees.

“Many Taishang weren’t that interested in the race, but when they saw how close it was, they got very concerned,” said Lin Qingfa, chairman of the Beijing Association of Taiwan Enterprises, a group that counts 300 companies among its membership.“There is a feeling that if Tsai Ing-wen is elected, cross-strait relations will suffer and so will our business opportunities.”

Ms. Tsai and her allies have cried foul, saying such efforts pander to the Chinese Communist Party, whose overarching goal is to reunify Taiwan and China, even if by force. Although the candidates are campaigning largely on domestic concerns, among them stagnant incomes, a growing wealth gap and evaporating jobs, Ms. Tsai has also cast her opponent’s pro-Beijing policies as a first step to selling out Taiwan’s sovereignty."

Is that 100% DISCOUNTED PLANE TICKETS? It must be nice to have someone else pay for those PLANE TICKETS instead of out of MY OWN POCKET EXPANSE!!=(

BTW, what's that NEW PAY RATE for VOTE BUYING from CHINA these days? I'm just curious!! >=P}

Electoral Fraud....

I hoped one days or SOON that all of CHINESE in CHINA can vote just like TAIWAN, so they can vote all of your CORRUPT A*RSEHOLES out of POLITICAL OFFICE in CHINA! Wouldn't that be nice for a change!? >=)

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