Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Lin Hsi-chung (林錫忠) won the by-election for Jiaosi Township (礁溪) warden yesterday, marking the first win for the party under the leadership of its newly elected chairman, Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).
With a turnout of 28,568 people, and a 51.6 percent voting rate, Lin received 5,424 votes, or 37.49 percent of the total votes, beating Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Lin Cheng-sheng (林政盛), who took 5,171 votes (35.74 percent), by 253 votes.
Former DPP member Lin Cheng-kung (林成功), who ran as an independent candidate, received 3,872 votes (26.76 percent).
Jiaosi, in Yilan County, has been governed by KMT members for the past three years. The by-election was held after the former township warden Huang Tai-ping (黃太平) passed away while in office.
The DPP celebrated the by-election as the first electoral win of the party under its new leadership.
Party heavyweights had frequented the township to canvas votes in hopes of escalating the by-election to a party-level standoff.
KMT officials — including President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the party’s chairman — on the other hand, seemed to avoid taking the bait and did not visit the township to campaign for their candidate, choosing to act out of their local headquarters instead.
Expressing its appreciation for Jiaosi resdidents’ support, the DPP yesterday said it was not easy winning the by-election, as Jiaosi has long been considered a stronghold of the KMT.
The party attributed the victory to DPP candidate Lin’s individual effort, adding that the result also reflected people’s dissatisfaction with the performance of Ma and his KMT government.
KMT Secretary-General Lin Join-sane (林中森) said his party’s campaign officials had all done their best for the by-election, adding that the KMT respected the result and would continue to work on gaining the support of the people.
Additional reporting by Peng Hsien-chun and Rich Chang