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Chapter 3 Election
Section 5 Election Activities
Article 36
For the election of President and Vice President, the period of campaign is 28 days.
The period referred to in the preceding Paragraph shall be counted backwards from the day before the polling day, and the campaign hours everyday during the period are from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Article 37
(deleted)
Article 38
The maximum of campaign fund of a same group of candidates shall be prescribed by the Central Election Commission, and publicized on the same day when the public notice for election is issued.
The maximum of campaign fund referred to in the preceding Paragraph shall be the sum of the product of 70% of the total population in the free regions of the ROC multiplied by the basic amount of NT$20 plus NT$100,000,000.
If the maximum of campaign fund has a mantissa of less than NT$1000, it shall be rounded to NT$1000 by transfer method.
The total population in the free regions of the ROC referred to in Paragraph Two refers to the total population counted up in household statistics at the end of the sixth month before the month of polling.
Article 39
(deleted)
Article 40
The expenses relating to campaign paid by a same group of candidates within the period from the day when the public notice for election is issued to 30 days after the polling day, within the maximum of campaign funds prescribed in Article 38, subtracted by the donations accepted may be listed in the deduction of the every year upon declaration of income tax.
Article 41
If the votes gained by a group of candidates reaches not less than 1/3 of the votes of electee, their campaign expenses shall be subsidized by a rate of NT$30 per vote. However, the maximum subsidy may not exceed the maximum campaign fund of the candidates.
Subsidies for a group of candidates recommended by a political party shall be received by the political party; if two or more political parties jointly recommend one group of candidates, they shall jointly sign the receipt.
The Central Election Commission shall work out the amount of subsidy for the campaign funds of candidates referred to in Paragraph One within 20 days commencing from the day after the list of electees is publicized, and notify the candidates registered by the way of joint signature or the recommending political party to prepare the receipt and receive the subsidy from the Central Election Commission within 3 months.
For the candidates or political parties who do not receive the subsidy for campaign expenses within the specified time limit, the Central Election Commission shall hasten them to receive it within 3 months. In case they do not receive before the aforesaid time limit expires, it shall be regarded as abandonment of the subsidy.
Article 42
A same group of candidates may establish campaign office(s) during the period of campaign. If two or more campaign offices are established, the candidates shall be the principal of the principal office and designate dedicated personnel to take charge of the other offices, and shall register the addresses of the offices and the names of the principals with the Central Election Commission.
Candidates' campaign offices may not be established in the government agencies (institutions), schools, civil associations legally established, the places frequently used as polling stations or ballot counting stations, or other public places. However, this shall not apply to the offices of political party committees of specific levels.
Article 43
After the public notice for election is issued, the commissioners, supervisors and staff of the election commissions of all levels and the personnel handling election affairs in the township (city/district) offices may not conduct the following actions:
1. Give public lecture to propagandize any candidate.
2. Get on the stage to help propagandize any candidates.
3. Call press conference or interview with the media to propagandize any candidate.
4. Print, distribute and paste promotional literatures to propagandize any candidate.
5. Hang or erect slogan, bulletin, banner, streamer or other advertising articles to propagandize any candidates.
6. Utilize the public communication media to propagandize any candidates.
7. Participate in the activities held by candidates like procession, canvass, or fund collection.
Article 44
The Central Election Commission shall collect the S/N, photos, name, date of birth, sex/gender, birthplace, way of registration, address, educational background and experiences of each group of candidates as well as relevant regulations on election and voting to compile and print the election bulletin, and may record acoustic election bulletin.
The educational background and experiences referred to in the preceding Paragraph shall be described in 300 words totally, and only those who graduate from the universities registered with or recognized by the competent authority in charge of education may be recognized as university graduates. Upon registration, the candidates shall submit evidential documents on their educational background; otherwise, the educational background will not be published in the election bulletin.
The candidate data referred to in Paragraph One shall be submitted to the Central Election Commission when applying for registration.
The candidates shall be responsible for their personal data. The personal data known or proved false on duty by the Central Election Commission shall not be published in the election bulletin. For the candidates recommended by political parties, the "way of registration" column shall be filled in the name of the recommending political party plus "Recommendation", if the group of candidates for President and Vice President is recommended by two or more political parties, the sequence of the political parties' name shall be determined according to the sequence in the letter of recommendation; for the candidates registered by way of joint signature, the column shall be filled in "Joint signature".
The election bulletin shall be delivered to the families in each electoral district and separately pasted in appropriate places 2 days before the pulling day.
Article 45
For the election of President and Vice President, the Central Election Commission shall provide the candidates with hours to express their politics through national wireless TV channel at public expenses, and each group of candidates shall have not less than 30 minutes every time, and the designated TV stations may not refuse. The operating regulations shall be prescribed by the Central Election Commission.
With the consent of two or more groups of candidates, an individual or association may hold a national wireless TV debate; the TV station shall undertake such debate and may apply to the Central Election Commission for subsidy. Regulations governing the subsidy shall be prescribed by the Central Election Commission.
The TV debate for President referred to in the preceding Paragraph may be held up to three times, and every time each candidate has up to 30 minutes. The TV debate for Vice President may be held similarly, but shall be held only once.
The candidates shall be responsible for the contents of the politics or debate referred to in Paragraphs One and Two by themselves.
Article 46
Broadcast and TV enterprises may provide hours for value for the political parties recommending candidates or the candidates to perform campaign propaganda, and shall treat them in a just and fair way.
Broadcast and TV enterprises shall stand justly and fairly in the politics review and news report or when inviting candidates to participate in programs, and may not do discrimination without any due reason.
If a broadcast or TV enterprise infringes the provisions of the preceding two Paragraphs, anyone may submit the video tape, audio tape and other specific material evidence to the Central Election Commission to expose the infringement within one month after the program is played.
Article 47
In the campaign advertisement published on newspapers and magazines, the political party name(s) or the names of the candidates shall be marked.
Article 48
The candidates shall personally sign the promotional literatures published in text and pictures; during the period of campaign, a political party may print and distribute promotional literatures in text and picture for the candidates recommended by it, and the name of the political party shall be marked on the literatures; if two or more political parties jointly recommend one group of candidates, the literatures shall be marked with the names of all the political parties. The promotional literatures shall only be pasted in the candidates' campaign offices and the offices of the political party (political parties) and onto the propaganda vehicles.
Any political party or person may not hang up or erect slogan, signboard, banner, streamer or other advertising articles for the purpose of campaign in road, bridge, park, government agency (institution), school or other public facilities and the corresponding lands, with the exemption of the places designated by the municipal or county (city) government in public notice.
The places designated by the municipal or county (city) government in public notice referred to in the preceding Paragraph shall be used by the political parties and candidates fairly and reasonably; and the regulations governing the use and management of such places shall be prescribed by the municipal or county (city) government.
The hanging or erection of advertising articles for campaign may not encumber the public safety or the traffic order, and such articles shall be cleared by the candidates or their parties themselves within 7 days after the polling day; otherwise, the case will be handled in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
Article 49
The campaign saying of the candidates or their electioneering personnel may not meet the following:
1. Instigate others to commit the crime of insurrection or the crime relating to foreign aggression.
2. Instigate others to break the social order by insurrection.
3. Offense any other crime prescribed in criminal laws.
Article 50
Any political party or person may not conduct the following:
1. Be engaged in public campaign or electioneering activities before 7:00am or after 10:00pm every day during the period of campaign.
2. Be engaged in campaign or electioneering activities on the polling day.
3. Encumber the campaign of other political parties or candidates.
4. Invite foreigners, the citizens of the People’s Republic of China, or the residents in Hong Kong and Macao to conduct the actions prescribed in the Subparagraphs of Article 43.
Article 51
Any political party or candidate may not make noise when using loudspeaker for campaign; otherwise, the case will be handled by the competent authority in charge of environmental protection and the police according to the provisions of the relevant laws.
Article 52
The investigation questionnaires of the public opinion poll or on the candidates issued by any political party or person within the period from the day when the public notice for election is issued to 10 days before the polling day shall state the organizer or presider of the investigation, the sampling method, population, sample size, financial sources, and the error.
During the period from 10 days before the polling day to the deadline for voting, any political party or person may not, by any means, issue any investigation questionnaire on the candidates or the public opinion about the election, and also may not report, diffuse, review or cite it.