Mayoral candidates hold final campaign rallies across Taiwan tonight

Final pushes to be made by party representatives across the country this evening

Rallies will be held tonight (Nov. 23) in all major cities

Rallies will be held tonight (Nov. 23) in all major cities (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Final pushes will be made by party representatives at campaigns across Taiwan tonight ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Taiwanese citizens will hit the polling stations tomorrow (Nov. 24) to vote for local and county-level political representatives, along with 10 public referendums. City dwellers will be making long commutes home today and tomorrow, as Taiwan remains without any absentee ballot system.

Mayoral candidates in all of Taiwan’s major cities are hosting final rallies for support this evening, and have called for voters to attend and listen to their final pledges.

Kaohsiung’s (高雄) KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is set hold a rally in the Sugar Logistics Park, while details for the DPP campaign call are yet to be confirmed. Competition is fierce in Kaohsiung, as the KMT's Han and his populist politics have seen an unexpected surge in support that has put him 17 percentage points ahead of his DPP rival, Chen Chi-mai, in a poll conducted by United Daily News last week. The DPP have held the Kaohsiung mayoral seat since 1998.

Taipei’s current mayor and independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is favored to retain his seat by 50,000 or more votes than his next competitor, KMT’s Ting Shou-chung (丁守中). Ko will host a rally at the Four Four South Village tonight, featuring performance from local singer-songwriters encapsulating the theme of “civil consciousness and Blue and Green symbiosis.” Ting will simultaneously host a rally at Ketagalan Boulevard, encouraging citizens to “vote to save Taiwan.”

Tsai Ing-wen and Premier William Lai are to attend New Taipei City DPP mayoral candidate Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) final calls for support tonight in the Sanchong (三重區) and Banqiao (板橋區) districts. The city's incumbent Mayor, Eric Chu (朱立倫), will appear at KMT candidate Hou You-yi’s (侯友宜) campaign rally in Banqiao.

The infograph below, provided by CNA, details the locations for each of tonight’s rallies, as well as the times for special appearances.

(CNA image)