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TedxTaipei founder under fire inside KMT

TedxTaipei founder under fire inside KMT

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – TedxTaipei founder Jason Hsu was still nominated for the Kuomintang at-large legislative list Saturday, despite receiving more votes against his candidacy than in favor.
The ruling party’s Central Committee convened Saturday to vote on the full list of 34 candidates who were announced earlier in the week amid the criticism that it would cost the party votes in the January 16 election.
The presence of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng at the top of the list was slammed by party members with a military background. However, it was one of the representatives of younger people who received the worst voting support on Saturday. Hsu won 62 votes, but 66 Central Committee members voted against him.
Nevertheless, he was still accepted as a candidate and will appear as No.5 on the KMT list on the ballot.
Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan explained that according to party rules, a candidate is only voted down if more than one half of the 158 eligible Central Committee voters opposed him. Since fewer than 79 members cast a ballot against Hsu, he will remain on the list, Lee said.
Other candidates to perform poorly in Saturday’s voting were presidential campaign spokeswoman Hsu Chiao-hsin, with 60 votes against, and Yilan County KMT official Lin Hsin-hua, with 55 negative votes, but their candidacies will also be maintained, reports said.
Not one of the 34 candidates on the list was rejected by a majority, officials said. The candidates are a mix of academics, social activists and traditional politicians, with several in the last category reportedly being groomed to run for mayor or county magistrate in the 2018 local elections. In this event, they would resign from the Legislative Yuan and be automatically replaced by candidates further down the list.
Some Central Committee members reportedly reproached Hsu for being too sympathetic to Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, while Lee complained that each candidate wanted to be within the first dozen on the list, because those were the ones virtually certain of being elected next January.


Updated : 2021-09-18 15:31 GMT+08:00