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KMT confirms list of 34 candidates for legislators-at-large

KMT confirms list of 34 candidates for legislators-at-large

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Taiwan' ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party on Saturday confirmed its list of 34 candidates for legislators-at-large in the election to be held on Jan. 16, with incumbent Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng topping the list.

The list of nominees approved by the party's central committee also include: Tseng Ming-chung, chief of the Financial Supervisory Commission; Wu Chih-yang, former magistrate of Taoyuan County; and Tseng Yung-chuan, a former lawmaker currently working as secretary-general of the Presidential Office.

As well as Wang, the three are among the top 12 candidates who are virtually guaranteed a seat under the proportional representation part of the election system.

Thirty-four out of a total of 113 members of the Legislative Yuan are elected through ballots cast for the various political parties; candidates for those at-large seats don't have to campaign in local electoral districts.

Addressing criticism against the list of candidates unveiled Friday, KMT Chairman Eric Chu said he felt sorry for those who have have been left out but said the nominees include many "outstanding people from different professions."

The party has tried its best to select candidates from all parts of Taiwan but "there is not enough (slots) to go around," Chu said.

He was responding to criticism that no one from Taiwan's southern regions of Chiayi and Tainan were on the list. The KMT currently holds 65 seats in the legislature but faces an uphill struggle to retain its majority after Jan. 16, when Taiwan will also elect its next president.

Both elections are held every four years. (By Tai Ya-chen and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-28 11:34 GMT+08:00