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KMT trounced

BALLOT BLOWOUT:Voters dealt the ruling party a debilitating blow yesterday when they revoked its mandate in several key strongholds and gave it to the DPP instead, in what was seen as a referendum on Ma Ying-jeou’s presidency

By Loa Iok-sin and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters, with staff writers

Chen vowed to honor his campaign pledges, which include stimulating tourism and resolving the difficulties county residents face in traveling outside the archipelago.

In Kinmen County, former KMT legislator Chen Fu-hai (陳福海) declared victory in a crowded commissioner’s race, topping nine other candidates. The 51-year-old independent defeated Kinmen County Commissioner Li Wo-shih (李沃士) of the KMT after garnering 23,965 votes (52.77 percent) against the incumbent’s 15,146 (33.35 percent). The DPP did not field a candidate in Kinmen.

In Pingtung County, DPP commissioner candidate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) defeated the KMT’s Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) by 60,530 votes (58.14 percent) to 43,587 (41.86 percent), a result that disproved DPP worries that the recent adulterated oil scandals would affect its turnout in the county, which has been a pan-green stronghold since 1997.

The KMT easily held Lienchiang County, with the top two candidates, Liu Tseng-ying (劉增應) and Yang Sui-sheng (楊綏生), both of the KMT. They received 4,385 votes (66.25 percent) and 2,234 votes (33.75 percent) respectively.

About 60,000 police officers were mobilized nationwide yesterday, with barbed-wire barricades erected outside the Presidential Office Building in Taipei.

Additional reporting by Jake Chung and AFP

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