Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday predicted that the party would face another electoral debacle in next year's legislative elections if the next DPP chairman does not implement reforms and respond to people's call for change.
"Judging from the causes leading to the DPP's debacle in the three-in-one elections held last December, I think it is inevitable that the DPP will have to swallow another defeat if it fails to adjust its policies to meet the public's expectations," former chief convener of the DPP's New Tide faction, Tuan Yi-kang (
"My take on the 2007 elections is that the number of legislative seats held by the DPP will shrink sharply from 89 to only 40 or even fewer as a new electoral system -- the single-member district and two-vote system -- will be adopted in 2007," Tuan said.
Tuan said that he has already noticed problems emerging with candidate nominations, and that some candidates suspected of being corrupt have gradually improved ties with the DPP, which will harm the party's chances next year.
In addition to Yu and Tuan, DPP legislators Julian Kuo (
Cheng echoed Tuan's views, saying he was worried that the pan-blue camp will seize most of the legislative seats in the electoral districts in northern Taiwan because of the new electoral system. As such, DPP lawmakers elected in 2007 might come mainly from southern Taiwan, making it more difficult for the new generation to participate in politics.
The three participating legislators represent electoral districts in metropolitan Taipei.
Meanwhile, one day after debating with his two rivals for the post of DPP chairman -- DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (
"The separation of the party and the government administration would only cause disunity in the DPP, and create the impression that the DPP just wants to avoid taking responsibility for making mistakes," Yu said.
Yu said he would concentrate his efforts on creating a system to facilitate a collective decision-making mechanism between the party and the government.