DPP to keep method for primary poll

The highest policy-making body of the governing Democratic Progressive Party resolved yesterday not to adjust the sample size or engage in other changes in methodology for public opinion polls in the upcoming presidential primary process "to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings."
DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) told reporters that the Central Standing Committee decided not to revise the existing method for the holding of "filtered" opinion surveys for the DPP's primary selection of nominees for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.
Lin said that the decision was made "to avoid creating disputes or unnecessary misunderstandings" in the last days of the primary process, which will feature nationwide voting by DPP party members Sunday followed by opinion polls the following weekend.
The votes of party members will be weighted 30 percent and the opinion polls will be weighted 70 percent to create the final score.
The DPP will hold its last formal debate among its four presidential hopefuls, DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), in Kaohsiung City this evening.
In April, the Central Standing Committee agreed to adopt various methods to "filter" out supporters of the "pan-blue" opposition camp of the former ruling Chinese Nationalist Party and its offshoots from the opinion surveys for the DPP's presidential and the at-large and constituency legislative candidates.
However, DPP Acting Chairman Trong Chai (蔡同榮) proposed that the DPP's Opinion Survey Department be allowed to make technical adjustments in the size of samples and methods of balancing in order to correct for possible distortions of the random sampling caused by the addition of the "filtering" mechanism.
The proposal was met with anger by some CSC members, notably Sunny Bank Chairman Chen Sheng-cheng, who reportedly banged his fist on the table and criticized the proposal as "making trouble," according to a participant in the meeting.
However, following the suggestion by Chairman Yu, the CSC decided not to review the methodology.
Lin said that the DPP primary campaigns "have already run 99 meters of a 100-meter race" and that the majority of CSC members felt that it would be inappropriate to make any adjustments in the polling sampling method at such a late date.
'Worth consideration'
However, Lin acknowledged that issues raised by polling professionals and scholars on the possible impact on the representativeness and accuracy of polling samples after filtering of "pan-blue" supporters were "worth consideration and should be discussed for the future. "
Lin said that the CSC also called on DPP public officials not to use large buses to transport groups of voters to polling sites on May 6 to avoid suspicion of "collective voting" and advised that buses should to be parked at least 100 meters away from the polling station entrances to avoid disruption of the voting process.
The DPP secretary-general also stated that the task force to crack down on election fraud set up under the DPP headquarters had already launched investigations into reports of vote buying and that the DPP headquarters had already requested assistance from prosecutors and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau to treat the DPP primary "just as another major election" in terms of cracking down on election-related malfeasance.
"All candidates should abide by the principle of not engaging in election fraud and maintaining a fair and just election processes," said Lin, who added that violators of party rules "will face severe sanctions."
Lin also announced that the DPP policy-making committee unanimously resolved to "select a suitable time to plan a major march" to use "concrete action to make the international community aware of Taiwan's stance on its possible inclusion in the Olympic torch relay for the August 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and on its campaigns to join the United Nations or the World Health Organization under the name of "Taiwan."
The decision was made after the committee heard a report by Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) on the issue of whether Taiwan should allow students from the People's Republic of China to attend universities or other institutions of higher learning in Taiwan.
Lin stated that the march, which would affirm that "Taiwan is a sovereign and independent country," will probably be held in September, when the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to open its annual meetings.

Updated : 2021-04-13 12:52 GMT+08:00