Photo of the Day: Map of Taiwan local elections 2018

Map of results of 'nine-in-one' elections for 22 mayoral and county magistrate seats in Taiwan

Map of Taiwan's local elections 2018. (Map by Lyla Liu)

Map of Taiwan's local elections 2018. (Map by Lyla Liu)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Now that the dust has settled from Saturday's (Nov. 24) "nine-in-one" local elections to select mayoral and county magistrate seats across Taiwan, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has clearly gained significant ground over the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in comparison to the presidential and legislative elections in 2016 and the last local elections in 2014.

Out of a total of 22 mayoral and county magistrate seats up for grabs on Saturday, the KMT won at least 15 seats, while the DPP lost seven of the 13 cities it previously held, leaving it with only six. The KMT mayoral candidate for Taipei Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) filed a lawsuit on Sunday after Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) beat him by a razor thin margin of only 0.23 percent.

Following the drubbing the DPP took on Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday stepped down as Chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, while Premier William Lai (賴清德) offered to resign as Prime Minister and Chen Chu (陳菊) offered to resign as Presidential Secretary-General. However, Tsai insisted that Lai and Chen remain at their posts.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Chen In-chin (陳英鈐) tendered his resignation due to public complaints that results were posted too early potentially unfairly influencing the decision of many voters. At the same time, others complained that the voting process took too long, with some polling stations not submitting their ballot counts until 2:30 or 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 25.

The following is a map of the results of Saturday's mayoral and county magistrate races in Taiwan, with green representing the DPP and blue representing the KMT, while white represents the tentative win by independent mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) :

Map created by Lyla Liu.

In contrast, the map below of the 2014 nine-in-one elections show a much stronger finish for the DPP (green) or its rival the KMT (blue) and even two wins by independent candidates, represented by black.

Map by Wikimedia Commons.

The following is a map of the counties which voted for the DPP and KMT candidates for the 2016 presidential election, which Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won in decisive fashion:

Map by Wikimedia Commons.

Map showing results of 2016 legislative elections, with DPP in green, KMT in blue, independents in black, and the New Power Party (NPP) in yellow:

Map by Wikimedia Commons.