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KMT announces a scheme for splitting votes in 10 districts

CNA , Taipei

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) announced a ballot allocation scheme for 10 of 25 cities and counties yesterday as the campaign for Saturday's legislative elections enters the home stretch.

KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) and Organization and Development Committee director Liao Fung-teh (廖風德) made the announcement yesterday.

Lin said that polls have shown nearly 30 percent of respondents were willing to follow the ballot allocation plan, and especially voters in urban areas.

The Democratic Progressive Party has used the ballot allocation scheme with great success, but this will be the first time the KMT has employed the scheme to maximize the number of seats it can win in the multi-seat constituency system.

Lin said that except for people in three categories, voters will be asked to vote for a certain KMT candidate based on voter criteria such as gender, township or month of birth to ensure that each candidate gets about the same number of votes.

He defined the three categories as voters who can be persuaded by KMT branch officials to vote for a specific candidate; retired servicemen -- traditional core supporters of the KMT -- who are assigned to support specific candidates; and those who have made up their minds to vote for a specific KMT candidate regardless of instructions from party officials. KMT supporters who have yet to decide whom to vote for should follow the vote allocation system, Lin said.

The 10 cities and counties in which the KMT will use the scheme are Taichung and Tainan cities and Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taoyuan, Yunlin, Tainan, Miaoli, Taichung and Changhua counties.

Lin said the party is still coordinating in Taipei City, Taipei County and Kaohsiung City.

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