Vote as a “Taiwanese”

Even if they are permanent residents, most foreigners in Taiwan cannot vote, regardless of how long they have lived on the island. That is because few are willing to give up their original nationality to become citizens in Taiwan, especially when their new citizenship can be taken away if they break the law or violate "morals". Varsity explores a complex issue few Taiwanese are even aware of - foreigners voting rights.

Salon Culture Brews Taiwan Blend Democracy

Taiwan's cafes and bookstores host to a vibrant salon culture that played an important part in the island's democracy and as Varsity discovers, continues to provide a platform for debate today.

What you should know about the Legco elections – Part 3

The voting system for the geographical constituencies Hong Kong employs a proportional representation system of party-lists, in which seats are allocated on a "largest remainder"...

Where they stand on the issues – New Territories East

In this installment of our series on how Legislative Council election candidates responded to the questions first time voters told us they most wanted to ask them, we turn to the geographical constituency with the most competing lists, New Territories East.

2015 District Council polls saw record-high voter turnout rate

The 2015 District Council elections saw a record high 1.47 million people voting, with a record-breaking turnout rate of around 47%. The highest turnouts were...

What you should know about the District Council – Part One

In the first of a series of infographics, we present a brief outline of what the District Councils are, their composition and their functions.

Comparison of policy platforms of would-be Chief Executive candidates

Where do the four main would-be candidates for the Chief Executive election stand on issues like tax, education and housing?  

The Battlefield – Interview with Professor Ma Ngok

This Sunday will see the first territory-wide elections since the end of the Occupy Movement last year. Some activists from the movement - calling themselves Umbrella Soldiers - vowed to continue the struggle for democracy in the District Council polls. But political scientist Ma Ngok says these local elections will be won or lost on local community issues.

Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Kingmaker

When pro-democracy candidates won an unprecedented 327 seats on the 1200 member Election Committee,  some commentators started to discuss whether the group - making...

Voting for equality in love and the law

Then presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen's public support for same-sex marriage last year turned it into an election issue in the recent polls. Tsai has since been elected as the island's first woman president but as Varsity learns, resistance and inertia still hinders progress towards marriage equality legislation.