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KMT to name its presidential candidate in mid-June (update)

KMT to name its presidential candidate in mid-June (update)

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has set in motion a process to select its 2016 presidential candidate and will announce the name by mid-June, KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (???) said Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the party's Central Standing Committee approved a timetable and a set of guidelines for the presidential candidate nomination process, Yang said. According to the guidelines, nomination and endorsement forms will be available April 20-May 15, while applications for nominee registration can be filed May 17 and 18, Yang said. He said the review and approval of applications will be conducted May 19-24, followed by an opinion poll June 5-13. The opinion poll results, which will have a yet undecided weighting in the selection process, will be released June 14, the day of the KMT's presidential primary elections, Yang said. The names of the two candidates selected to run on the KMT ticket for president and vice president will be announced publicly on June 14, and will be submitted to the party's Central Standing Committee for confirmation on June 17 and to the party's National Congress for approval by mid-July, Yang said. KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) said after the meeting that coordination among those interested in running for president in 2016 should be given priority during the nomination process in order to forge consensus within the party. During the meeting, some party members proposed changing the KMT's current nomination system, under which party member votes account for 30 percent of a candiate's total score and public opinion polls contribute 70 percent. The party's lawmakers recently initiated a signature drive demanding that the party should adopt a nomination system based entirely on public opinion polls. According to party regulations, if a proposal to cancel the primary receives "yes" votes from 50 percent of those registered to vie for the party nomination, the primary can be canceled and the nominee determined entirely through public opinion polls. However, even if those registered for the party's nomination decide to adopt a nomination system based entirely on public opinion polls, the resolution will still need to be approved by the KMT's Central Standing Committee, according to party rules. Would-be candidates, in addition to completing application forms, must also obtain the signatures of 5 percent of all KMT party members (approximately 17,000 signatures) by mid-May, according to KMT regulations. (By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:04 GMT+08:00