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Taiwan KMT could lose all 4 legislative by-elections in February: Polls

Taiwan KMT could lose all 4 legislative by-elections in February: Polls

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The ruling Kuomintang is likely to lose all four legislative by-elections scheduled for February 27, reports said Sunday.
The poll predictions follow the loss of three legislative by-elections to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party last January 9, and the December 5 county and city elections in which the DPP share of the vote almost equaled that of the KMT.
A poll comparing its results to stock futures predicted Sunday the DPP candidates could win the by-elections in the counties of Hualien, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Chiayi. The elections are the results of local lawmakers being elected county magistrates last December 5. Of the four areas, only Chiayi is known as an area where the DPP is strong.
The poll predicted overwhelming victories for DPP candidates Chen Ming-wen in Chiayi County and for Huang Jen-shu in Taoyuan County. Former DPP lawmaker Peng Shao-chin also held a strong lead in Hsinchu County.
Another former DPP lawmaker, Bikhim Hsiao, performed well in Hualien, traditionally a KMT stronghold.
National Cheng Chi University Professor Tung Chen-yuan said that with four weeks to go to election day, it was too early to say that the DPP was certain of victory. Only a poll conducted about ten days ahead of the voting could present a clearer situation, he said.
When faced with the dire poll predictions, KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung told reporters the online survey was not conducted in a scientific manner.
Tung agreed, but pointed out it had accurately predicted the outcomes of the 2006 mayoral elections in Taipei and Kaohsiung, the 2008 legislative and presidential elections and the 2009 county and city elections, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported.
King said the poll results only reflected the situation at present, not the actual intentions on voting day. The KMT official only admitted that it would be difficult to win in Chiayi County, where recent county and legislative elections ended in DPP victories.
The KMT was stable in Hualien and would do well in Taoyuan and Hsinchu if party supporters stood together, King said. The ruling party has been hit by factional squabbling and local splits in both areas.
He predicted KMT Chairman and President Ma Ying-jeou would take to the campaign trail during the Lunar New Year holiday in the two weeks leading up to voting day. In Taoyuan, the KMT had to do its utmost to turn around the impression that its legislative candidate, Chen Shueh-saint, had been parachuted into the area from Taipei, King said.


Updated : 2021-06-17 14:51 GMT+08:00