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DPP stops short of claiming victory in by-elections

DPP stops short of claiming victory in by-elections

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Saturday it was difficult to say whether the party won or lost the legislative by-elections, even if it took three out of the five seats up for grabs. Su Jia-chyun (???), convener of the party's election committee, said the turnout was little more than 30 percent, making it hard to draw any conclusions from the results. Su said voters were lukewarm about the by-elections, given that the legislators elected will only serve until Jan. 2016, when nationwide legislative elections will be held. That, coupled with the party's suspension of campaign activities in the wake of the crash of a TransAsia Airways plane in Taipei on Feb. 4, led to a low turnout rate, Su said. "Given the atmosphere and results of the election, it is hard to say if the party has won or lost the elections," Su said, adding that they were similar to the results of the local elections in late November. The DPP managed to keep its seats in Pingtung and Changhua counties and Taichung City, which are headed by the DPP, but it lost in Nantou and Miaoli counties. KMT spokeswoman Lin Yi-hua (???) said the party will examine why it fell short in the three electoral districts it lost and thanked voters for giving opportunities to KMT candidates in Nantou and Miaoli at a "most difficult time of the party." Lin, the director of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee, was referring to the party's disarray since taking a beating in local elections in November 2014, when it lost control of nine of the 15 counties and cities it had governed. In the three other constituencies that were run by the DPP, Lin hoped that the KMT could move in a "younger, more combative and volunteering" direction to seek maximum support from the people. Asked if former Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan (???) failed to win a seat because he did not make much of an effort to campaign for other KMT candidates last November, Lin said the result was due to a combination of factors and could not be attributed to a single factor. "The party will review the reasons with the hope of gaining more support in the next elections," she said. The results of Saturday's by-elections left the party distribution of seats in the 113-seat lawmaking body intact, with the KMT holding 65 seats and the DPP 40 seats. After the by-elections, 112 of the 113 seats will be occupied. (By Sophia Yeh, Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:33 GMT+08:00