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DPP wins three seats, KMT two in legislative by-elections (update)

DPP wins three seats, KMT two in legislative by-elections (update)

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) There were no major surprises in five by-elections held Saturday to fill legislative seats, with the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (KMT) grabbing three seats and the Kuomintang (KMT) two. The elections were held to fill the seats of former lawmakers who won mayoral or county chief elections on Nov. 29. All five seats remained with the party of the lawmaker that held them previously. KMT candidates Hsu Chih-jung (???) and Hsu Shu-hua (???) won in their electoral districts in Miaoli County and Nantou County, respectively. DPP candidates Huang Kuo-shu (???), Chuang Ruei-hsiung (???) and Chen Su-yueh (???) won by-elections in Taichung City, Pingtung County and Changhua County, respectively. In Miaoli County's second electoral district covering the eastern half of the county, Hsu Chih-jung topped DPP opponent Wu Yi-chen (???) by a 58-41 percent margin. In the other KMT victory, Hsu Shu-hua edged DPP opponent Tang Huo-sheng (??? ) by a 51-46 percent margin in Nantou County's second electoral district covering the southern half of the county. In Pingtung County's third electoral district, covering the southern half of that county, Chuang easily outpaced KMT opponent Liao Wan-ju (???) by a 66-32 percent margin. In Taichung's sixth electoral district covering downtown Taichung, Huang defeated KMT opponent Hsiao Chia-chi( ???) , the former deputy mayor of the city under Jason Hu (???) for 12 years, by a 58-42 percent margin. The KMT lost the district in the 2012 legislative elections by about six percentage points to Lin Chia-lung (???), who won election as mayor of the city on Nov. 29 by a 57-43 percent margin over Hu. Former Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan (???) of the KMT went down to defeat in the southeastern fourth electoral district after the pan-blue camp was split by the candidacy of Hung Li-na (???) , the former county councilwoman who quit the party to join the race. In a district that the DPP won by less than a percentage point in 2012, the DPP's Chen got 53.6 percent of the vote to Cho's 35.8 percent and Hung's 10 percent. The by-elections were billed as the first skirmish between New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) since Chu took over as KMT head following the party's crushing defeat in the November local elections. But neither side seemed to be able to claim much of an advantage from the results, and the extremely low turnout in all five races made it hard to read too much into the numbers. Turnout in Changhua County and Nantou County were 37.6 percent and 37.1 percent, while only about 35 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the Miaoli County race, only 32.4 percent voted in the Pingtung County race and only 30.8 percent voted in the Taichung race. Both Chu and Tsai are seen as presidential hopefuls even though Chu said he would not run for president when announcing his bid for party chairman on Dec. 12. The results of Saturday's by-elections left the party distribution of seats in the lawmaking body intact, with the KMT holding 65 seats and DPP 40. (By Jay Chen, Luke Sabatier and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 23:17 GMT+08:00