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KMT nominations close without Chu

SEEKING UNITY:The party chairman said he is determined to lead the party to follow its doctrines, attain party unity and pursue peace in dealings across the Taiwan Strait

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

“Out of respect for the people concerned, I cannot tell you who they are,” Chu said.

Chu said that the KMT would decide on its presidential candidate in accordance with its primary system, adding that part of his effort has been to ensure that the party holds to the bedrock of the rule of law.

According to the KMT’s rules, from Tuesday through Sunday next week, the party is to verify the authenticity of signatures collected by Legislative Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), former health minister Yaung Chih-liang (楊志良) and Huang Po-shou (黃柏壽), a novice in politics — who all picked up registration forms — to determine whether they are qualified to run in the primary.

Results of the verification process are to be released on May 25.

If only one of the three exceeds the threshold of at least 15,000 signatures from party members, the hopeful can win the party’s nomination if they then gain more than 30 percent support in an opinion poll.

The primary winner is decided through telephone surveys and a vote among party members weighted at 70 percent and 30 percent respectively.

If none of the three win more than 30 percent support, the party could invoke a draft to select a candidate outside of those who registered for the primary.

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