TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The three presidential candidates will receive the first opportunity to present their views live on television on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The event will be the first of three such occasions, with the vice-presidential candidates getting their chance on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. on PTS, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Wednesday (Dec. 4). The first presidential event will be broadcast live by CTS on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., the second by CTV on Dec. 25 at 2 p.m., and the final one by TTV on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m., according to CNA.
The CEC selected weekdays for the televised events since the candidates are too busy attending rallies during weekends. Viewers will also be able to follow the presentations live online, while the full recordings will still be available afterward on the CEC website.
According to the law, the candidates should have at least three rounds per program lasting 10 minutes each to present their policies. So far, there have been no plans for an actual debate where the contenders could interact and question each other about their views.
The three candidates in the January 11 presidential election are President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the Kuomintang (KMT), and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).