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DPP primaries too soon after elections: Tsai

DPP primaries too soon after elections: Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Responding to criticism of freshly elected Democratic Progressive Party city and county councilors running for legislator, party leader Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday the primaries were coming too soon after the local elections.
Last November 29, voters across Taiwan picked new city mayors, county magistrates, and city and county councilors. However, the DPP already organized primaries the past few days for the nomination of candidates in the legislative elections next January 16.
Many local councilors who were only elected last November and took office last December 25 were already running in the primaries, which provoked questions about their loyalty to their local voters. If eventually elected to the Legislative Yuan, by-elections would have to be held to pick their successors in the local councils. Critics said they were “riding a donkey but looking for a horse,” the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported.
Tsai said the DPP had not issued any restrictions against councilors running for legislator, but the perception was bad because the primaries followed too soon on the local elections. She said voters should understand but might translate their opinion into a vote in the primaries.
Until 2006, the DPP banned members from running for another category of elections until half of their original term had been completed.
The most watched results in the DPP primaries included a win for the daughter of former Premier Su Tseng-chang but a defeat for the son of ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun in two different election districts in New Taipei City.
In Kaohsiung, a former member of Mayor Chen Chu’s government team, Lai Juei-lung, defeated a city councilor seen as an ally of ex-Premier Frank Hsieh after Chen Chih-chung, the son of former President Chen Shui-bian, withdrew from the race and was seen to support Lai.


Updated : 2021-05-06 14:52 GMT+08:00