KMT candidate loses case against Taipei mayoral election result

Result of eventual appeals expected at end of year

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Ting Shou-chung (center) arriving at the court for the verdict Friday (May 10).

Ting Shou-chung (center) arriving at the court for the verdict Friday (May 10). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei District Court on Friday (May 10) rejected Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung’s (丁守中) case to have the result of last November’s Taipei City mayoral election nullified.

In the November 24 elections, Ting narrowly lost to independent Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who was re-elected to a second and final four-year term with only about 3,000 votes more out of a total of more than 1.4 million ballots cast.

The former lawmaker demanded a recount and sued to have the result nullified, in which case either the election would have to be done over completely or at least partially.

The recount found a larger advantage for Ko, who had received 580,663 votes, or 3,567 more than the 577,096 for Ting.

After the verdict became known Friday, Ting told reporters outside the court it was unfair. As appeals were still possible, only the next verdict would matter, the Central News Agency quoted Ko as saying earlier this week. The mayor expected the final ruling to emerge in November or December.