Formosa Alliance member Ou Chong-jing wants to run for president of Taiwan

Ou will need to collect 280,000 signatures

Ou Chong-jing (left) and Yoshi Liu (screenshot from Ou's YouTube show).

Ou Chong-jing (left) and Yoshi Liu (screenshot from Ou's YouTube show). (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The emergence of a fourth candidate in the January 2020 presidential election became more likely Tuesday (September 10) as leading Formosa Alliance member Ou Chong-jing (歐崇敬) said he was planning to run.

Ou, 42, is a professor, media personality and one of 12 decision-making committee members at the Formosa Alliance, a pro-Taiwan Independence party founded earlier this year.

The professor made the comments on a YouTube show he presented with youth activist Yoshi Liu (妖西), while adding that in a presidential debate, he would bring up the issue of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Ph.D. again. Last week, the president filed a lawsuit against two academics who claim she never obtained her Ph. D. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

While Ou might have spoken out as a joke, because the Formosa Alliance is a new movement, his presidential bid will face the same hurdles as any independent contender.

He will have to register with the Central Election Commission (CEC) by September 17, put up a NT$1 million deposit, and deliver 280,384 endorsements from the public by November 2. If he fails to reach half the required amount of signatures, he will lose his deposit.