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KMT presidential hopeful not worried about tough primary threshold

KMT presidential hopeful not worried about tough primary threshold

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) said Saturday that she is not worried about a rule in the Kuomintang's (KMT) presidential primary procedures aimed at keeping people of lesser stature from representing the party in the 2016 election. Hung said she will do her best in seeking a breakthrough in support and indicated she was not worried about the requirement that a candidate must receive a support rating of higher than 30 percent to be nominated. Hung and former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang (???) are the only two people who submitted petitions of support from KMT members by the May 18 deadline to be able to compete in the party's presidential primary.
KMT heavyweights often mentioned as potential candidates -- KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) and Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) -- are conspicuously absent from the primary. According to the party's presidential primary procedures, the party has begun to verify the signatures collected by Hung and Yaung and is expected to announce the results on May 25. If they both meet the threshold of collecting at least 15,000 valid signatures, the nominee will emerge from coordination between them.
But if only one passes the threshold, the party will conduct opinion polls. If the hopeful fails to gain 30 percent support in two opinion polls, he or she will not be nominated, a rule said to block the candidacies of people with limited stature and open the door for the party to draft a presidential candidate. Hung said she had no worries about the 30 percent threshold, and would continue to work hard. If the party announces the results of its signature screening process on May 25, she said opinion polls will probably not begin until June. "It would not be fair if the polls are held immediately after the screening," she said. Hung said she spent a month raising her approval rating to more than 20 percent from 5 percent, and if she has more time, her approval rating could climb even higher to 30 or 40 percent. "A longer period is favorable to me," she said. (By Chen Wei-ting, Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 04:13 GMT+08:00