Voter turnout for today's Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairmanship by-election is expected to be low, as the one-sided race and the Tomb Sweeping Holiday dampen enthusiasm among potential voters, political observers said yesterday.
While the contest between former chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
Candidate and former acting chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (
PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES
Wu spent the last night before the election today with Ma at a rally at the Taoyuan Irrigation Association, while Hung telephoned supporters from her campaign office in Yonghe.
Today's election will have another dynamic changed, as party members who haven't paid their membership dues will not be able to vote.
There were 1.04 million eligible voters in the 2005 race, but only 337,000 will be allowed to vote this year under the new policy.
The new rule was initiated by Ma when he was KMT chairman.
Ma resigned as KMT chairman after being indicted on corruption charges on Feb. 13.
The winner of the race will officially take over the position on April 11, and serve out the rest of Ma's term until August 2009.
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