KMT agrees to Hung’s demands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang on Saturday agreed to presidential contender Hung Hsiu-chu’s demands for public events to allow her to present her policies and for a postponement of opinion polls, though not on the formula for those polls.
The legislative vice speaker was the only KMT hopeful for the January 16 election who won enough signatures to move on to the next stage of the selection process, but speculation has been rife that the party leadership would prefer her to drop out and be allowed to draft its own candidate.
Hung met with KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin over lunch Saturday to hammer out their differences and discuss the next steps in the procedure.
At his own news conference, Hau said he had agreed with Hung that she should be allowed to hold public presentations of her policies while opinion polls would be postponed from their original scheduled period of June 5 to 13 until later in the month, but certainly not until July.
Hung will reportedly only be accepted as a candidate if she can muster at least 30 percent support in the polls, but reports have said that KMT officials want top party leaders not running in the primaries to stand in the polls. The leaders mentioned as party chairman Eric Liluan Chu, Vice President Wu Den-yih and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. All three have emphasized they are not running for president, but each of them has his supporters.
Chu and Wang have scored best against Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, without winning though, while Wu’s rankings have fallen behind.
Hau said that Hung wanted the opinion polls to focus on levels of support rather on comparisons with other candidates, but he added that no decision had been reached yet. The party’s central-level nomination review committee, which he chairs, would work out a formula based on present and past methods, Hau said.
Hung wanted to present her views at events in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan, with each of them being broadcast on TV or online in order to reach non-KMT members as well, Hau said.