Taiwan to hold 3 legislative by-elections on March 16

Voters will select legislators in Tainan City, Changhua County and Kinmen County

Voters waiting to cast a ballet in the November 24 local elections.

Voters waiting to cast a ballet in the November 24 local elections. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Legislative by-elections necessary to fill up three seats vacated by winners in the November 24 local elections will take place on March 16, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Tuesday.

Earlier, the CEC already decided that by-elections for legislators in Taipei City and Taichung City should be held on January 27, a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday to avoid creating problems for students sitting for their examinations.

On March 16, voters will go to the polls in a Tainan election district to pick a successor to ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) who was elected mayor of the southern city.

In Changhua County, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Wang Hui-mei (王惠美) was elected county magistrate, while on the island of Kinmen, close to the coast of China’s Fujian Province, KMT legislator Yang Chen-wu (楊鎮浯) won the race for county chief.

The gap between the two rounds of elections is so large because February sees the Lunar New Year holiday, a compensatory working day on February 23, and the 228 holiday, the Apple Daily reported.