Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Douliou City (斗六) mayoral candidate Hsieh Shu-ya (謝淑亞) defeated her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rival Chang Tsung-ming (張聰明) by just more than 2,000 votes in a by-election held yesterday.
The city’s mayoral seat became vacant when the former mayor, Chien Ming-chin (簡明欽) of the KMT, was removed from the post because he was found guilty of vote buying after donating NT$33,000 (US$1,100) to a temple during the mayoral election in 2009.
In the 2009 election, Chien garnered 20,837 votes, and Chang, who at the time also represented the DPP, received 19,680 votes.
According to official figures released by the Yunlin County Election Commission, Hsieh received 19,215 votes, while Chang got 17,192 votes.
Official figures show that, among the 80,285 people eligible to vote, only 36,717 people — or 45.73 percent — cast their ballots yesterday.
Commenting on the electoral result, KMT Culture and Communication Commission Director Chuang Po-chun (莊伯仲) said Hsieh’s victory showed that voters in Yunlin recognized the KMT’s persistence in running a positive and clean election campaign.
Faced with the presidential and legislative elections in January, he added that the KMT would prepare for the battles according to the campaign strategy, and prevent engaging in negative campaigns in seek election victories.
For the DPP’s part, DPP spokesman Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) expressed gratitude for the votes cast for Chang, adding that the party will continue to work hard to win the public’s support.
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and Rich Chang