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Taiwan Quick Take


■ Politics

KMT sets final allocations

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday released the last of its vote allocation strategies for Saturday's elections, for Taipei County's first and third constituencies. KMT Organization and Development Committee director Liao Fung-teh (廖風德) said votes have been allocated between three New Party and KMT candidates by voters' birth months. Those pan-blue supporters born between January and April should vote for Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), those born between May and August should vote for Lee Sheng-feng (李勝峰) and those whose birthdays fall between September and December should vote for Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進). In the third constituency, voters are also to split votes between four candidates by birth month: Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才), Hung Shiu-chu (洪秀柱), Joanna Lei (雷倩) and Chang Chin-chung (張慶忠).

■ Politics

CEC ejects TSU candidate

The Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday revoked the candidacy of national policy advisor to the president Chen Yung-hsing (陳永興) in the legislative elections. The CEC said Chen, a PhD student at the Kaohsiung Medical University, has violated the Public Officials Election and Recall Law (公職人員選舉罷免法), which bans any registered students from running as candidates in elections. Chen is the No. 1 candidate on the Taiwan Solidarity Union's (TSU) list of legislator-at-large nominees. The CEC launched an investigation on the legitimacy of his candidacy after media reports exposed that he is currently studying at Kaohsiung Medical University.

■ Politics

Over 3,000 attend rallies

As of the end of October, police authorities across the country approved a total of 3,285 demonstrations involving more than 10 million people, according to statistics provided by the National Police Administration (NPA). A total of 245,400 policemen were mobilized to maintain order in the protests and rallies, some 83 percent of which were politically motivated, NPA statistics show. The January-October demonstration number reflects a noticeable rise of 2,395 over the previous year's level. NPA officials attributed the large growth to the March 20 presidential election and historic referendum, as well as the July 17 by-election of Kaohsiung City councilmen. NPA officials estimated that more than 10 million people took part in the more than 3,000 gatherings, mainly in Taipei City, Kaohsiung City and Taipei County, an indication that protests and rallies are conducted mainly in urban areas. A total of 456 demonstrations were held in Taipei City, so far this year.

■ Immigration

Seat belt gives away illegal

A Chinese illegal job seeker gave himself away by unknowingly tying a taxi seat belt around his neck, a Taiwan newspaper said yesterday. Jiang Guoxing (江國興), 41, was riding in a taxi in Taipei Monday evening when the taxi driver saw a policeman conducting security checks ahead, a local newspaper reported. The taxi driver, fearing he would be fined if the policeman saw his passenger not wearing a safety belt, told Jiang to "Tie the safety belt." A perplexed Jiang hastily pulled the safety belt and tied it around his neck. "When the policeman stopped the taxi and saw the safety belt around Jiang's neck, he knew right away Jiang was an illegal Chinese job seeker and arrested Jiang," the paper said.

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