Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun yesterday announced the party would maintain its original primary election mechanism to select a candidate for the Kaohsiung mayoral election. This implies that acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) is out of the mayoral race.
To resolve the controversy over whether the DPP should use a telephone poll or a primary election to decide the party's candidate for the Kaohsiung mayoral election, the DPP held a meeting yesterday to discuss the matter. The issue has caused considerable tension in the DPP.
Among those who attended the meeting were Yu, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Mark Chen (陳唐山).
In making their decision, the DPP heavyweights took into account the opinion of former Council of Labor Affairs chairwoman Chen Chu (
The party will hold a members' ballot on the two candidates who have signed up for the primary on May 28 as scheduled, Yu announced after the meeting.