Taiwan’s DPP to include smartphones in polls to select presidential candidate

Precise proportion of landline and smartphone polls still to be determined

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President Tsai (right) and ex-Premier Lai have reportedly agreed on an opinion poll formula.

President Tsai (right) and ex-Premier Lai have reportedly agreed on an opinion poll formula. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite earlier differences, representatives for rivals President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai (賴清德) agreed Friday (May 17) that smartphone users will be consulted in opinion polls to determine which of the two will be the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate.

The party leadership announced the agreement Friday after a second meeting this week between the two camps in order to flesh out details of the selection process. The election for a president, vice president and 113 legislators has been scheduled for January 11, 2020.

Over the past few weeks, Tsai advocated the inclusion of smartphone users, while Lai said the rules should not be changed when the selection process was already underway.

After Friday’s meeting, DPP Secretary General Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) announced both sides had agreed on the polling issue, though the precise proportions of landlines and smartphones in the polls would still have to be determined.

At a meeting next Monday (May 20), representatives of both sides would also discuss the timing of the opinion polls.

In the meantime, agreement had also been reached that there would be two televised presentations by the candidates to discuss their policy platforms. At the first event, reporters would have the opportunity to ask questions to Tsai and Lai, while at the second presentation, civic groups would take part, the Liberty Times reported. Dates for the events had not been determined yet, but they would be spaced one week apart.