In an attempt to increase voter turnout, the Taipei City Wanhua District Office has come up with an advertisement nominally for seeking marriage, which includes government employees who are helping with the election and who are also handsome bachelors and pretty bachelorettes in hopes of attracting more voters and finding potential spouses. “None of us are married. Would you like to get acquainted? You will have the perfect opportunity on election day on Jan. 14.”
There are pictures of 11 civil servants who are helping with election matters printed on the promotional flyers the Wanhua District Office has made to encourage voter turnout. The Chinese characters for “seeking marriage” in very large print actually give people the impression that it is an advertisement for a matchmaking club. People’s reactions have been split between those that think it is creative and those who say it is a misuse of feminine charm.
Wanhua District head Chou Te-wei said, “Our colleagues don’t have time to find boyfriends and girlfriends because they’re so busy working every day in their civil service capacity, so I have a huge responsibility.” Chou laughingly said that if this can bring better luck to his co-workers in finding spouses, he would happily serve as grand matchmaker. Election event employees are not the only ones exerting all the effort. Chou has also made life-size cardboard cutouts of himself as part of the promotional events for the election, and has placed them outside MRT station exits as well as the Red House in the Ximen area to keep reminding people to use their precious votes on Jan. 14.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)