Taiwan elections: Taipei City Mayor early count too close to call

Ko Wen-je and Ting Shou-chung still neck and neck in early counts, Pasuya Yao in distant third

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Ting Shou-chung supporters watch election results in Taipei on Nov. 24.

Ting Shou-chung supporters watch election results in Taipei on Nov. 24. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Mayor race is still too close to call after four hours of vote counting, with independent incumbent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) drawing near equal votes.

According to six local television stations, Ko and Ting have received around equal share of votes during preliminary counts, with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Pasuya Yao (姚文智) trailing in a distant third.

At 8.11 p.m., cable station SETN suggested that Ko received 439,128 votes, and Ting has received 436,823 votes.

Yao has made up some ground after a slow start, taking 180,107 of the counted votes.

The Taipei City race is proving to be more closely contested than expected, with Ko being the front runner throughout the campaign.

According to the Central Election Commission, counting of votes has progressed furthest in Nangang District. In this district, 54 of 72 voting stations have completed their counts, with Ko receiving 43.45 percent of counted votes, with total lead of 2,334 votes.

The Kaohsiung City Mayor race is also proving to be a hotly contested vote, with KMT challenger Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) taking a widening lead over DPP rival Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁).

In other news, KMT’s Liu Tseng-ying (劉增應) was re-elected as Commissioner of Lienchiang County.

Voting took place across Taiwan from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. today, with the Central Election Commission stating that results are expected to be announced around 11.00 p.m., tonight.