Taiwan elections: Taipei City Mayor race set for thrilling finish

Around 10,000 votes separate Ko Wen-je and Ting Shou-chung

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Ting Shou-chung supporters watch election results in Taipei.

Ting Shou-chung supporters watch election results in Taipei. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Mayor race is set for a thrilling finish, with the slightest of margins separating independent incumbent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中).

Ko and Ting have been neck and neck throughout the night, with some television stations attributing less than 1,000 votes between the two. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Pasuya Yao (姚文智) is trailing in a distant third.

According to the Central Election Commission, Ko is leading Ting by a margin of around 10,000 votes, with 27 percent of polling stations yet to complete their counts.

Nangang District is the only district to have completed its count, with Ko beating Ting by 2,614 votes, accounting for 43.37 percent of total votes.

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

The local elections have yielded a disappointing outcome for the nationally-ruling DPP, who are set to lose control of six cities and counties.

Preliminary results suggest KMT candidates Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) were respectively voted in as Mayors of Kaohsiung and Taichung, while the DPP’s Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) retained his position as Mayor of Tainan.

Voting took place across Taipei City from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. today, with the Central Election Commission stating that the outcome is expected at around 11.00 p.m. tonight.