Mon, Mar 21, 2005 - Page 3 News List

DPP pursues young people vigorously

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Kao Chia-yu, left, and Sun Teh-chih, right, two graduate students of the National Taiwan University, yesterday pose for a camera shooting after being selected as young representatives to the National Assembly.

PHOTO: SOONG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

In an effort to generate interest among young people in constitutional reform, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday selected possible representatives to the National Assembly from a group of 23- to 25-year-olds.

Two graduate students from National Taiwan University (NTU) stood out among the competitors, and will be placed on the DPP's recommendation list of nominees, which will be released tomorrow.

"Among those who have voting rights, about 1 million are young people, and the DPP believes that they definitely need a spokesperson to represent them during the process of important constitutional reform," DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday, after announcing the two winners' names. "This selection of young representatives to the National Assembly is an unprecedented and singular event, and we hope it will awaken young people's passion for politics and taking part in the country's evolution."

Among the 10 competitors who were screened from nearly 1,000 applicants by the DPP's department of youth development, Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜), a female graduate student at NTU's Graduate Institute of National Development, and Sun Teh-chih (孫德至), a male graduate student at the NTU's law school, were selected after a presentation and question-and-answer session with a jury comprised of four professors and experts.

Ketagelan Institute president Lee Hong-hsi (李鴻禧), one of the jurors, praised the young candidates' eloquence and lucidity, encouraging them to continue to pay close attention to constitutional reform and try to fight for young people's rights.

Earlier in the day, the DPP held a promotion for the March 26 march at Taipei's Xinsheng Park, calling on citizens to bring their pets to join in the march on Saturday to voice their opposition to China's "Anti-Secession" Law.

Su took his two dogs to the activity and meet with other DPP officials and their pets. The sounds of barking filled the air throughout the park yesterday afternoon.

Su said that the DPP has already decided on the march routes for former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and that people just have to "wait and see" to learn where these two illustrious statesmen could be found.

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