Kaohsiung, Pingtung to lose seats, Tainan, Hsinchu to gain seats in 2020 Taiwan elections

Premier William Lai and legislature president Su Jia-chyuan concluded a discussion on the matter today

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Taiwan's Legislative Yuan

Taiwan's Legislative Yuan (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Speaker of the Executive Yuan Kolas Yukata announced today that Premier William Lai (賴清德) and Legislative Yuan president Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) reached an agreement over electorate boundary changes for the upcoming 2020 legislative elections.

The Central Election Committee (CEC) recently proposed the Legislative Yuan uses the calculation method implemented in 2008. Lai and Su agreed to the measure, which means Tainan (台南) and Hsinchu County (新竹) will each gain a seat, and Kaohsiung (高雄) and Pingtung County (屏東縣) will each lose one in 2020, CNA reports.

Kolas said detailed adjustments will be made after the decision in accordance with laws regarding the removal of elected public officials, through continued consultation with Lai and Su.

Rules and regulations regarding elections in Taiwan state electorate boundaries must be reviewed every 10 years in accordance with population changes. Adjustments were last made in 2008, thus new ones had to be agreed upon this year.

Laws regarding the removal of elected public officials state changes must be implemented before affected legislators have served for one year and a month in their position. If an agreement cannot be reached within the allotted time period, it is up to the Executive and Legislative Yuan presidents to settle the dispute.

DPP legislator in Pingtung County Su Cheng-ching (蘇震清) said it is a legal requirement that his county loses a seat in the next election, however, if seats continue to be allotted purely based on population, the urban-rural gap will continue to grow. There will be fewer legislators in the local area, he said, and Pingtung will begin to lose its voice.

Su believes the current number of seats (113) is too small, and should be increased to around 160.

Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆), a Kaohsiung DPP legislator, commented the results must be respected, but one must consider the increasing north-south divide and think about how representation in central and southern parts of Taiwan will be affected.