Over 460,000 signatures were collected from voters supporting People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong’s bid to run in the upcoming Jan. 14 presidential election, the party said Saturday.
Although the number of signatures exceeded the legal threshold for Soong to enter the race, it failed to reach 1 million, the goal originally proposed by Soong himself and his running mate Lin Ruey-shiung.
According to law, Soong had to obtain signatures from at least 257,695 eligible voters (1.5 percent of the total electorate) before Nov.5 to be eligible to run because his party did not get 5 percent of the vote in the last national election held in 2008.
Soong and Lin personally delivered the first batch of 355,589 signatures to the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Taipei branch on Tuesday after a morning press conference.
As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, PFP Spokesman Wu Kun-yu said 463,259 signatures in support of Soong’s candidacy had been sent for approval.
Although the party received more than 500,000 signatures nationwide, Wu noted that some of the petitions were flawed, either lacking signatures or current identification information, and were therefore invalid.
A validation result of the signatures will be announced by the CEC on Nov. 15.