KMT Taichung mayoral candidate declares victory in Taiwan's local elections

Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) is going to be the second female mayor of the city

Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕)

Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for mayor of Taichung, declared victory at 8:25 p.m., Nov. 24, after winning 56.57 percent of the votes collected from 87 percent of the polls, according to the Central Election Commission.

The incumbent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), admitted his defeat before 8 p.m. as Lu had continued to widen her lead by 150,000 votes. In his speech, Lin urged his supporters to accept the results and to support Lu.

Lin led in only one out of 29 Taichung districts, encountering an unexpected loss even in districts with more hardcore DPP followers.

In 2014, Lin defeated the KMT's Jason Hu (胡志強) after the former foreign minister's 13-year-governance of the city.

Lu is going to be the second female mayor of the city. The DPP's Chang Wen-ing (張溫鷹) was the first female Taichung City Mayor between 1997 and 2001.

Lu announced her resignation as a lawmaker from the national legislature five days before the elections, as a way of demonstrating her determination to win the race on Nov. 24.

Lu had promised she will free Taichung from air pollution, low wages, and economic stagnation, if elected.

On Nov. 24, the people of Taiwan went to the polls to elect more than 11,000 officials, as well as voice their opinion in 10 referendums ranging from same-sex marriage to energy production, and from food import bans to Taiwan's international sport moniker.

Concerns are growing prior to the elections, as reports have verified China's efforts to sway the island's politics across the country by spreading a substantial amount of disinformation through tens of thousands of fake social media accounts.