Fri, Jul 09, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Young contenders carve niche in DPP primaries


The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday released the results of its party primaries for December's legislative elections.

Eighty-eight hopefuls who performed well in the two-stage primaries were expected to be nominated for the legislative elections, party officials said yesterday.

Thirty-one of these, or 35 percent of the total, are newcomers. Although some of them are experienced politicians, this year marks the first time that they will run for legislative seats.

Meanwhile, 15 of the winners in the primaries are in their 30s or early 40s.


"The results of the primaries indicate that the DPP is undergoing a rapid generational transition, with young talent playing increasingly important roles in the party," a spokesman said.

In the first-stage primary, which took place in late May, party members across various constituencies cast ballots for their preferred candidates.

The results account for 30 percent of the final scores in the calculation that determines party candidates.

In the second-stage primary, DPP headquarters held a series of telephone surveys of eligible voters in various constituencies, regardless of party affiliation, to establish which candidates were most preferred.

The opinion poll accounts for the remaining 70 percent of the final score.

The nationwide opinion surveys began early last month and were not completed until noon yesterday.

The DPP spokesman said that all candidates in the primaries can appeal the results within three days.

The party's central executive committee will hold a meeting next Friday to endorse the party's nomination list, the spokesman added.

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