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Presidential, legislative elections to be held simultaneously

Presidential, legislative elections to be held simultaneously

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Taiwan's presidential election of 2016 will be held Jan. 16, in conjunction with the country's legislative elections, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Tuesday. The commission made the announcement in a statement released shortly after the CEC held a meeting earlier in the day to decide on matters relating to the 2016 elections. During the meeting, the CEC members unanimously passed the proposal to hold the presidential and legislative election on the same day, and set polling day as Jan. 16, the statement said. The members also decided on the procedures for carrying out the elections, including presidential and vice presidential candidate registrations from Nov. 23-Nov. 27 this year, and the publication of the presidential and vice presidential candidates Dec. 18. The CEC has also decided to hold television presentations of the political ideas of the presidential and vice presidential candidates between Dec. 19 and Jan. 15 next year, the statement said. In response to reporters' questions about the election date, CEC Chairman Liu I-chou (???) said there won't be a so-called "constitutional interregnum," even though the new president-elect will not assume office until May 20. "It is not the correct term," Chou said, referring to the word "interregnum," which some people have used to describe the four-month gap between the election and the inauguration. The president will remain in office until the new one is inaugurated, he said, noting that the existing constitutional system has rules on the issue. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 10:40 GMT+08:00