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Results of the New i-Voting System after One Year of Implementation

  It has been a year since the new i-Voting system was launched last year. There have been approximately 2000 non-government agency proposals and attracted about 90,000 votes so far, making many policy suggestions to Taipei City Government (hereinafter referred to as “TCG”). Through virtual and in-person discussions, TCG and citizens gradually come to a consensus and make policy decisions together, and followed with implementation by TCG agencies. TCG appreciates every participating citizen for proposal submission, discussion and voting. Citizens’ engagement and suggestions make Taipei a model for deliberative democracy.  
  Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Taipei City Government (hereinafter referred to as “RDEC”) indicates that i-Voting was officially launched on August 5, 2015. With numerous suggestions to improve the system from the public and after discussion of 10 proposed motions, i-Voting was updated on March 20, 2017. In addition to the positioning and more explicit procedures, the modified version introduces two new functions. One is the “proposal submission” (https://taipei.join.gov.tw) for people to submit proposals on issues to be voted on by the public. The other is the “open discussion” for people and government agencies to openly discuss policies and reach a consensus. 
  The two new functions of i-Voting, aimed to encourage the discussion and improve the communication between people and the TCG agencies and strengthen the deliberative democracy through citizen participation, are built on the Public Policy Participation Network Platform of the National Development Council, says the RDEC. In addition, the promotion of the i-Voting polls mainly relies on the existing TCG publicity channels. The cost for TCG to update the i-Voting system is only the payment for proposal reviewers. 
  Up till March 30, 2018, three issues are proposed by the TCG agencies since the new system kicks off, including the participatory budgeting 2017 by the Department of Civil Affairs and “increasing closed hours/days” by the Taipei Zoo. The voting for both issues had ended and more than 88,000 votes were received. For the vote result, 71 budget items of the Department of Civil Affairs were selected; and, 98% of the participants (30,050 votes) support the Taipei Zoo to increase closed hours/days. Responding to the result, Taipei Zoo has started to plan the calendar and hours of operation 2018 in accordance with the maintenance schedule. 
  For the proposals submitted by the public, there are 197 proposals in total and 5 of them collect more than 3,000 electronic signatures in 60 days. The proposal asking Taipei City Government to stop giving away free lanterns has successfully passed the proposal review meeting and is expected to enter the proposal discussion phase in April. It will be posted on the “open discussion” of Taipei Public Policy Participation Network Platform, inviting everyone to express opinions. TCG encourage citizens to participate in discussion, learn more about policies, engage in the implementation, and work together with TCG to make Taipei a more progressive city.      

Note: The “Proposal Submission” section of “Taipei Public Policy Participation Network Platform”(https://taipei.join.gov.tw)is in Chinese only.