Taiwan’s DPP election negotiation ends in stalemate again

Representatives of the candidates for the 2020 presidential election failed to agree on mobile phone polling

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DPP Secretary-General Luo (center) with representatives from the Tsai and Lai camps (By CNA)

DPP Secretary-General Luo (center) with representatives from the Tsai and Lai camps (By CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held a third meeting on Monday (May 20) to discuss details of the party’s presidential election primary, reported Central News Agency.

The third “coordination meeting” between representatives of the incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her challenger former Premier William Lai produced no comprehensive agreement, said DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) at a press conference after the meeting.

The meeting lasted nearly three hours and both camps agreed to include mobile phone polling as part of the primary election. They did not, however, agree on which demographics could be polled via mobile phone, or what percentage the mobile phone poll should comprise in the national phone survey.

The Tsai camp proposed 80 percent of the phone survey should comprise mobile phones, but said it would also accept the 50 percent proposed by the party’s Central Executive Committee.

The Lai camp wanted 20 percent of the phone survey to comprise mobile phones, based on research by the Election Study Center, at National Chengchi University.

According to Luo, if a consensus cannot be achieved by noon on May 22, DPP Chairman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) will hand over the dispute to the Central Executive Committee for final arbitration.