Two legislative by-elections to be held on Jan. 26, 2019: CEC

Legislative Yuan

Legislative Yuan (CNA photo)

Legislative by-elections for seats vacated in Taipei and Taichung during recent elections for local government offices will be held on Jan. 26, 2019, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced on Friday.

One election will be held for the seat representing Taipei's second electoral district after Taipei mayoral candidate Yao Wen-chih (姚文智) announced on Nov. 18 he would give up his seat as a legislator regardless of what happened in the election.

Yao finished a distant third in the mayoral race.

The other election will fill the seat representing Taichung's fifth electoral district left vacant by Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕). Lu resigned as a legislator on Nov. 20 before being elected as the city's new mayor on Nov. 24.

The date was finalized after discussions were held between the CEC and members of the two cities' election commissions.

Under the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, a by-election has to be held within three months of a legislative seat being vacated when more than one year remains in the term to be served.

The next legislative elections are in January 2020 alongside the presidential election.

According to the CEC, those seeking to run in the by-elections need to register their candidacies from Dec. 10 to 14.

The CEC did not announce when elections to fill three other seats that were vacated in Changhua and Kinmen counties and Tainan City will be held.

The three legislators won the county chief and mayoral races in those areas, but they have yet to quit their legislative posts and will not officially take their new offices until Dec. 25, 2018.