Intervention from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters meant that no one has registered for the party's primary for the Taipei mayoral election by the cut-off date yesterday.
The result left room for the party to ask former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who has remained non-committal on a bid, to represent the party in the year-end contest.
"Our goal is to win the Taipei mayoral election and therefore we will call up the best person to run in the election," DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun told a press conference after the deadline passed yesterday.
Former DPP legislator Shen Fu-hsiung (
But DPP Legislator You Ching (
You's application was rejected because he didn't prepare the correct documents, according to according to Huang Ching-lin (
DPP heavyweights including Yu and legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (
As for the Kaohsiung City race, former Council of Labor Affairs minister Chen Chu (
Although Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), the party's preferred candidate, did not register yesterday, Ker said the party could still choose from one of the three to represent it in the year-end campaign.
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