Candidates’ TV presentations to begin Dec. 25

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Candidates in the presidential elections will be allowed to present their views on television beginning December 25, the Central Election Commission announced Wednesday.
The presidential and legislative elections take place on January 16, with three party chairpersons, Eric Liluan Chu of the Kuomintang, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, and James Soong of the People First Party most likely to be on the presidential ballot.
The presidential candidates will have three opportunities to present their views live on television and online, the CEC said. The first event will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday December 25, or Christmas Day, which is not a public holiday in Taiwan.
The two later presentations will take place on December 30 and January 8, while the vice-presidential candidates will have an opportunity to talk to the public on January 4, the CEC said. None of the presidential candidates has announced a choice of running mate yet.
During each event, each candidate will have three segments lasting ten minutes each. The presentations are not debates, so the candidates will not interact with each other or with members of the media or academics.
Chu and Tsai have expressed an interest in holding debates once the candidates have officially registered with the CEC.
The government body said it was holding the TV presentations in the evening so more members of the public would be able to watch.