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KMT and Hung find 50-50 compromise on polls

KMT and Hung find 50-50 compromise on polls

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After days of back and forth, the Kuomintang and presidential contender Hung Hsiu-chu reached a compromise Friday that only half the primary polls to decide her candidacy will be based on comparisons with other party leaders.
The legislative vice speaker was the only candidate who survived the first stage of the complicated nomination process, which involved collecting enough signatures from party members.
Hung and the party leadership have been squabbling for days about the nature of the June 12-13 polls. The contender wanted the surveys to ask for her support levels, while the party wanted comparative polls to dominate, in which Hung’s level of support would be compared with other leading KMT members vis-à-vis the Democratic Progressive Party nominee, Tsai Ing-wen.
The KMT first wanted the comparative polls to determine 85 percent of the outcome, with only 15 percent going to the polls about her level of support.
After the latest round of talks between representatives of both sides Thursday evening, the KMT announced Friday morning that it had agreed to a fifty-fifty formula. Half the result will be determined by comparative polls, half by the polls asking for Hung’s level of support.
Recent opinion surveys by media organizations have indicated rising levels of support for Hung, despite her original lack of recognition. When she announced early this year that she would participate in KMT primaries, few observers were taking her seriously, seeing her candidacy as a ploy to force more senior party leaders into the open about their presidential aspirations.
In the end, KMT Chairman Eric Liluan Chu, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Vice President Wu Den-yih all stayed away from the primaries, though there is still a strong current of opinion which believes Hung will not make it to the finish and the KMT will draft one of the senior leaders, most likely Chu, to be its candidate to face Tsai on January 16.
Hung addressed a meeting of the KMT’s legislative caucus Friday morning. After the event, top caucus official lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao expressed his confidence that Hung would surpass the 30 percent in the polls necessary to be able to become the official party candidate.
She denied that if she failed to reach 30 percent, she would want to be the vice-presidential running mate on a ticket with Wu as the presidential candidate.


Updated : 2021-09-27 08:52 GMT+08:00