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PFP candidates `must join the KMT' for nominations

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

Announcing that the party's county commissioner and mayoral candidate nomination procedure has been set, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Secretary-General Lin Feng-cheng (林豐正) yesterday invited interested candidates from the People First Party (PFP) to enter the procedure -- but first they must become members of the KMT.

While in the past the KMT has typically held its nomination preliminaries the August before the year-end county commissioner and mayoral elections, the KMT has decided to move up its schedule so that it can nominate candidates in April and May, Lin said.

Responding to a call from PFP Legislator Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) on Friday that the KMT to hurry up its nomination process should facilitate KMT-PFP cooperation, Lin said that Chou is welcome to enter the KMT's nomination process, on condition that he quit the PFP and join the KMT.

"Chou is welcome to enter the KMT's preliminary nomination process, but, to join the preliminaries, he must first join the KMT," Lin said yesterday.

Chou announced Friday that he is planning to run for Taipei County commissioner.

In response to Lin's statement, Chou said "no thanks."

"How can he make such a suggestion at a time like this?" Chou said.

The KMT's efforts for the year-end county commissioner and mayoral races also picked up speed yesterday, with KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) expressing his support for a re-election run by incumbent Hsinchu County Commissioner Cheng Yung-chin (鄭永金) during a visit to Hsinchu County yesterday.

"Cheng Yung-chin's administrative record is there for everyone to see. I hope that everyone will unite to allow those who have the ability to serve to continue their efforts in all their various seats," Lien said while meeting with supporters.

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