The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced that former legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), director of the party’s Department of International Affairs, would represent the DPP in the Hualien legislative by-election next month.
The legislative by-elections on Feb. 27 will fill the seats left vacant in Taoyuan, Hualien, Hsinchu and Chiayi counties after the legislators from those districts were elected as county commissioners in last month’s county chief elections.
Hsiao had been rumored to be the DPP’s candidate for Halien County commissioner in last month’s election, but the party later decided to throw its weight behind an independent who came third out of the three candidates.
In addition to Hsiao, the DPP line-up for the by-elections next month includes current Taoyuan County Councilor Huang Jen-chu (黃仁杼) for the legislative spot in that county. Former lawmaker Peng Shao-chin (彭紹瑾) will vie for the Hsinchu County seat and former Chiayi County commissioner Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) hopes to be the next legislator for the southern county.
DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) said the four nominees were chosen for their expertise in international affairs, legal knowledge and past political achievements.
The party has also been gearing up for tomorrow’s legislative by-election.
At a rally for Kuo Jung-tsung (郭榮宗), the DPP’s candidate in Taoyuan County’s second district, DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), urged voters to use their ballots to end the practice of vote-buying, which he said was a tactic frequently used by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
Su said the Taoyuan County post was left vacant because the KMT’s Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井), who had been elected to the position, was found guilty of vote-buying.
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