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Specific voter segments key to special municipality polls: scholar

Specific voter segments key to special municipality polls: scholar

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) The outcomes of the critical year-end special municipality elections will hinge on three narrow voter segments rather than those generally classified as independent voters, a scholar contended Sunday.
Kenneth Lin, a professor of economics at National Taiwan University, asserted at a forum that the keys to the elections would be voters in central and southern Taiwan, those from the small- and medium-sized enterprise sector and those in low-income families, most of them hard core supporters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
You Ying-lung, a Soochow University professor and former DPP election strategist, said the municipality elections will not only be a "prelude" to the 2012 presidential election, it will actually be a crucial battle for both the DPP and ruling Kuomintang.
You argued that if the DPP intends to win victories in both the municipality elections and the 2012 presidential election, it should first have an able leader seasoned in electioneering, well-reputed, strong enough to settle internal disputes, and capable of coordinating the "third force, " referring to swing voters.
"Lin I-hsiung is the best choice for this role, " he said.
Lin, who served as DPP chairman in 1998-2000, was one of the DPP's founders and actively promoted referendums on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
Also speaking at the discussion, Lo Chih-cheng, an associate professor at Soochow University, said if the DPP prevails in the year-end voting, a "Yeltsin effect" will take shape as a result, with the DPP becoming strong enough to directly challenge the KMT administration, which would quickly become a lame duck.
(By Yeh Su-ping and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-05-06 17:05 GMT+08:00