Taiwan to elect president and Legislative Yuan on January 11, 2020

CEC chose date to avoid Lunar New Year and school exams

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Taiwanese voting last year.

Taiwanese voting last year. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The next presidential and legislative elections will take place next January 11, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Tuesday.

It was already known a Saturday in January 2020 would be chosen, while as on other recent occasions, the elections for president, vice president and 113 members of the Legislative Yuan would take place on one single day. The date of January 11 was eventually selected to avoid school examinations and the Lunar New Year holiday, the Central News Agency reported.

There is also still the possibility of a number of referendums being held on the same day, but no referendum campaign has completed the necessary process yet.

The CEC also revealed the dates for the phases of the presidential election process, the Apple Daily reported. The final registration for the candidates will be staged from November 18 through 22, with the candidates drawing numbers on December 9. Televised debates will be organized between December 14 and January 10, the CEC said.

The announcement of the election date came the day after former Premier William Lai (賴清德) unexpectedly registered to run against incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in next month’s presidential primaries for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

The main opposition Kuomintang has not decided on a candidate either, while several contenders are believed to be in the running. An added possibility is Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is likely to run as an independent.

As is the usual practice, the new Legislative Yuan will take office on February 1, while the president and vice president will have to wait until May 20, 2020.