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Heavy rainfall causes poll cancelation in many areas

By Jean Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Residents in Taihsi Township, Yunlin County, prepare to vote in yesterday's village and borough chief elections. Voter turnout in the district was quite high despite the area being flooded.

PHOTO: CHUANG YU-FENG, TAIPEI TIMES

The local elections for village and borough chiefs took place yesterday, but voting in 48 villages and boroughs was postponed due to poor weather conditions in the central part of the country.

Earlier on Friday night, the Central Election Commission issued an emergency statement canceling the elections in several villages in Taichung, Nantou and Chiayi counties as heavy rainfall caused floods and roadblocks.

torrential rains

The central part of the country has been inundated with torrential rains over the past few days.

The commission yesterday morning added more areas to the list of cancelations, including Wutai Township (霧台) in Pingtung County, where roads have collapsed owing to the continuous rainfall.

The elections for these areas will instead be held next Saturday, according to the commission.

According to CNA reports, voter turnout was low because of the heavy rains and officials said voting rates would likely be very low.

quick count

Some election areas were so small that the results were known within forty minutes after the end of voting at 4pm, the reports said.

A total of 7,378 borough and village chief candidates joined the elections nationwide, but as of press time, no number was given on how many were elected.

The elected borough and village chiefs will be inaugurated on Aug. 1.

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