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Taiwan sets Nov. 26 as date for local and regional elections

Incumbent mayors in Taipei and Taoyuan reach the end of their final term

A voter during a Jan. 9 recall vote in Taipei City. 

A voter during a Jan. 9 recall vote in Taipei City.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 26 to select city mayors, county commissioners, city councils, and county councils nationwide, the Central Election Commission announced Friday (Jan. 14).

The election for nine levels of representatives will be the next major popularity test for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and for the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) ahead of presidential and legislative elections expected in early 2024.

Attention will be focused on the battle for the leadership of the capital, Taipei City, where Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) reaches the end of his second and final term. Ko, who was first elected in 2014 as an independent backed by the DPP, chairs the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), but both the DPP and the KMT are expected to try and wrest control back.

Another mayor who will have to leave office is Taoyuan City’s Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), who has sometimes been tipped as a DPP presidential candidate for 2024.

In the 2018 local elections, the DPP won six cities and counties, while the KMT gained control over 15 cities and counties, with Ko as the only independent.

The winners of the Nov. 26 elections will take office on Dec. 25, according to legal practice.

Updated : 2022-05-24 04:50 GMT+08:00