Taiwan to hold elections in January 2012

Taiwan's Central Election Commission says the island will hold legislative and presidential elections together on January 14, 2012, the first time the polls have coincided since direct presidential elections began in 1996.
In a statement released late Tuesday the commission said it was combining the ballots to be more efficient.
Taiwan's presidential elections usually fall in March, while legislative elections are held either in December or January.
In the upcoming presidential poll, ruling Nationalist Ma Ying-jeou will face Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. Tsai has criticized Ma's signature policy of engaging China economically as undermining Taiwan's sovereignty.
The island and the mainland split amid civil war in 1949.

Updated : 2021-01-28 13:59 GMT+08:00