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Ballot recount for Taipei mayor has begun, officials say

Taipei District Court has officially started recount procedures for the local mayoral election

Taipei's KMT mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung

Taipei's KMT mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei District Court announced today that it has started the recount procedure for votes cast on the new Taipei City mayor.

The nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24 brought with them many a controversy, one of the most salient being over the Taipei City mayoral race. Independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was reelected by a thin margin of just 3,254 votes, but his closest opponent, KMT’s Ting Shou-Chung (丁守中), was unhappy with the results and called for a recount.

After redacting his request before seeking to nullify the election, and then later restating his desire for a vote recount, Ting personally fronted the costs and the recount procedure began today. Taipei District Court reported at around 6 p.m. today that ticket inspection was 13 percent complete, according to CNA.

District Court judges and two lawyers visited the Central Election Commission during the afternoon of Nov. 29 to sequester voting tickets in order to begin the recount procedure. The representatives commented that they had completed recounts for 208 ballot stations, had finished recounting votes cast in the Da An District (大安區) and were now moving on to the Wenshan District (文山區).

In addition, the collegiate bench had procurators from both camps instruct not to reveal recount details to the public.

Taipei District Court revealed that there is currently a team of 50 personnel involved in the procedure, comprised of a judge, a court clerk, lawyers appointed by both Ting and Ko, and employees of the Central Election Committee.

As over 2 million votes were cast at over 1000 different polling stations, it is currently impossible to estimate how many days the recount will take, a representative said. The court will however, they added, try its best to complete the procedure before the set date of Dec. 19.

Updated : 2021-04-23 10:47 GMT+08:00