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Public endorsements for PFP hopefuls expected to exceed 300,000

Public endorsements for PFP hopefuls expected to exceed 300,000

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong has received enough endorsements from voters to meet the threshold needed to be eligible to run in the 2012 presidential election, PFP spokesman Wu Kun-yu said Monday. Soong and his running mate Lin Ruey-shiung will hold a press conference Tuesday to reveal the number of voter signatures they have gathered so far in a 45-day endorsement drive that began on Sept. 22. They will then deliver the endorsements to the Central Election Commission (CEC), Wu said. "The number of signatures to be delivered tomorrow will definitely be in excess of the minimum requirement and is expected to exceed 300,000," Wu said. All of the endorsements have been carefully checked, and Soong and Lin are expected to have their candidacy officially approved "as long as there is no sabotage," Wu said. Presidential aspirants whose parties did not receive 5 percent of the vote in previous elections have from Sept. 22 to Nov. 5 to collect the signatures of at least 257,695 voters -- 1.5 percent of the electorate -- to be eligible to run for the office. Wu revealed that another batch of signatures in support of Soong will be delivered before the Nov. 5 deadline. Should they qualify to run, Soong and Lin, an emeritus professor at National Taiwan University's College of Public Health, will face President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Wu Den-yih of the KMT, and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen and DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan. The presidential vote will be held along with the legislative elections on Jan. 14, 2012. (By Justin Su and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-10-20 04:30 GMT+08:00