Taiwan: results of Referendum and Presidential elections
The election, officially called the Election for the 11th-term President and Vice-President of the Republic of China, was the third direct presidential election in Taiwan's history and the 11th presidential election overall under the 1947 Chinese Constitution. A consultative referendum took place on the same day. Voters were asked two questions regarding relations with the People's Republic of China. Voters agreed by wide margins two questions put by the government, but the less than 50% turnout invalidated the result.
Presidential election: Official results from the Central Election Commission
|Presidential candidate||VP candidate||Political affiliation||Total votes||Percentage|
|Chen Shui-bian||Lu Hsiu-lien A.||Democratic Progressive Party (Pan-Green Coalition)||6,471,970||50.11%|
|Lien Chan James||C.Y. Soong||Kuomintang/People First Party (Pan-Blue Coalition)||6,442,452||49.89%|
The referendum questions
1) The People of Taiwan demand that the Taiwan Strait issue be resolved through peaceful means. Should Mainland China refuse to withdraw the missiles it has targeted at Taiwan and to openly renounce the use of force against us, would you agree that the Government should acquire more advanced anti-missile weapons to strengthen Taiwan's self-defense capabilities?
2) Would you agree that our Government should engage in negotiation with Mainland China on the establishment of a "peace and stability" framework for cross-strait interactions in order to build consensus and for the welfare of the peoples on both sides?
The results of the referendum were rendered invalid, as only 45.17% of possible voters cast a ballot for the first question and only 45.12% cast a ballot for the second question. A minimum of 50% was required to validate the results. However, of the 45% who voted, 92% were in favor of both referendum questions.