Alexa

DPP divided on combing elections

DPP divided on combing elections

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party remains divided on whether to combine the legislative and presidential elections after DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun floated the idea last week to save political and social costs.
DPP legislative leader Ker Chien-ming on Monday said he douted the party can afford much delay in naming its legislative candidates. The nation is due to elect new lawmaker in December 2007 and a new president in March 2008.
Ker said DPP members seeking legislative seats need more time to plan their campaign as only one candidate can win in a district, in line with a 2005 constitutional reform that also cut the number of lawmakers from the current 225 to 113.
DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee echoed the theme the same day, saying colleagues had better make known their intentions earlier than later to avoid unnecessary misunderstanding or divisions.
But the Presidential Office appears to favor a more conservative approach. Sources close to President Chen Shui-bian said Chen called a meeting of ranking DPP officials to exchange views on the matter and they failed to reach a consensus.
Others voice worries that combining the two elections may make benefit the opposition Kuomintang as it would make vote-buying more cost-efficient.
The DPP had better iron out its differences among its members or brace for togher battles in both elections.


Updated : 2021-04-15 10:15 GMT+08:00