Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou, in his capacity as Kuomintang chairman, will tour Taiwan early next year to thank voters for their support in the Dec. 5 local elections and stump for party candidates in the upcoming legislative by-elections, a KMT official said Monday.
Ma will first visit Taoyuan, Taitung and Taichung counties, where legislative by-elections are to be held Jan. 9, to drum up support for KMT candidates, said Lee Chien-jung, the head of the party's Culture and Communications Committee, after a KMT meeting hosted by KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung.
During his tour, which will last until Feb. 21, 2010, Ma will meet with KMT supporters at New Year's gatherings organized by the KMT in various cities and counties around Taiwan, Lee added.
KMT legislative whip Lu Hsueh-chang said during the meeting that the caucus will convene a delegation to campaign for KMT hopefuls in the by-elections, according to Lee.
Under the KMT plan, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-Pyng and Deputy Speaker Tseng Yung- chuan and Premier Wu Den-yih will organize election activities for Kuang Li-chen, who will represent the KMT in the Taitung County legislative by-election, Lee said.
She hopes to fill the seat vacated by Justin Huang, who was elected Taitung County magistrate on Dec. 5.
KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, Vice Premier Eric Liluan Chu and Taoyuan County Magistrate John Chih-yang Wu will lend their support to Chen Li-ling, the KMT's candidate in Taoyuan County.
The seat was previously held by the party's Liao Cheng-ching, whose election was invalidated after he was convicted of vote-buying.
Meanwhile, local KMT grassroots leaders will throw their support behind Yu Wen-chin, the mayor of Taiping in Taichung County, who will run there for the seat previously held by the KMT's Chiang Lien-fu, Lee said.
King himself will organize and coordinate all campaign activities leading up to election day, Lee added.
(By Lee Su-hua and Y.L. Kao)