A proposal to postpone the election of the chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for two months until July will be discussed at the KMT Central Standing Committee meeting today, a KMT official said yesterday.
KMT secretary-general Lin Fong-cheng (
The think tank suggested that the election be put off to avoid a clash with the election of the National Assembly, which has been scheduled for May 14, Lin said.
The move is also related to the city and county elections at the end of the year, which Lin said would require more time to coordinate with the People First Party and the New Party.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
Wang, also a KMT vice chairman, said that by doing so the party could focus on the election of representatives to the National Assembly, which will be convened to approve a series of constitutional amendments made last August.
But Wang said that he would announce his candidacy for chairman on Friday as scheduled, and that his campaign would continue despite any postponement.
With Wang about to join the race for party chairman, a KMT official expressed concern that Wang and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
Huang Chao-shun (
She urged KMT Chairman Lien Chan (