Coronavirus patients who break their mandatory quarantine to vote in the Nov. 26 local government elections will be fined up to NT$2 million (US$62,500) as with other quarantine breakers, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
Individuals will be fined between NT$200,000-NT$2 million — with the amount depending on how long they leave quarantine — for violating the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens, said CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) at a press briefing.
Chuang also denied media speculation that the CECC will allow local governments to provide poll workers with a list of COVID-19 voters in their electoral district to better identify quarantine breakers.
Chinese-language newspaper United Daily News reported earlier in the day that local governments including Taoyuan and Changhua County plan to introduce such measures, which Chuang said neither the CECC nor Central Election Commission (CEC) supports.
Local governments should not act unilaterally, according to Chuang, despite not offering an alternative solution.
However, the CECC has decided to reduce the self-isolation period from seven to five days for people who test positive for COVID-19 starting Nov. 14, which will reduce the number of people unable to vote.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel