Mon, Jul 19, 2004 - Page 3 News List

KMT primary favors candidates with high public visibility

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The results of the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) primary yesterday showed that incumbent legislators and those who enjoy relatively high public visibility accounted for the majority on the list of nominees for the December legislative elections.

The primary consisted of votes by party members, which carried a weight of 30 percent, and a public opinion poll, which carried a weight of 70 percent, to decide who will be recommended for party nomination. This was the first time the party has used this method for a primary.

The voting was held in nine constituencies nationwide yesterday, starting at 8am and ending at 4pm. The nine constituencies included Taipei County, Keelung City, Hsinchu City, Teaching City, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Tainan County and Taipei City's first and second constituencies.

The results of yesterday's primary will be forwarded to the party's nine-member task force today for confirmation before the list of nominees for the legislative elections is to be finalized and publicized on Wednesday, when the KMT's Central Standing Committee is expected to approve the list. Legislator-at-large nominations, which are allocated according to the percentage of the vote each party wins, will be finalized later.

In general, the voting proceeded smoothly and the party reported a high turnout.

Taipei City's first constituency (Taipei City North) and second Constituency (Taipei City South) were the most competitive constituencies in the primary.

Yesterday's results suggested that former party organization and development affairs committee director Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), Legislator John Chang (章孝嚴) and KMT Spokesman Alex Tsai (蔡正元) successfully secured the top three spots to be recommended for party nomination in the first constituency, while Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖), Women's Affairs Committee Director Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) and Spokesman Justin Chou (周守訓) head the list for Taipei City's second constituency.

While casting his vote for the primary, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) urged pan-blue supporters to stay united to help retain the pan-blue camp's majority in the year-end elections.

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