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BCC boss to serve as KMT adviser for year-end polls

CHALLENGESJaw Shaw-kong will assist the party in poll analysis and drawing up campaign strategies, especially in Taipei and Sinbei cities

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC) chairman Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康) yesterday confirmed he would serve as an adviser to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to help the party in November's special municipality elections.

Jaw, a cofounder of the New Party, was invited by KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) to assist with the elections in poll analysis and campaign strategy. He will be working with the party's Politics and Election Research Center.

“The situation now is quite challenging for the KMT, especially in Taipei and Sinbei cities ... The KMT should not take the elections in the two cities for granted, even though they have been its strongholds,” Jaw said.

Jaw said he would use his experience running in Taipei mayoral and councilor elections, as well as for the legislature, to help draw up campaign strategies.

He said Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and Sinbei mayoral candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) should cooperate and present policies that would develop the two cities as a “living circle.”

“The Democratic Progressive Party has also fielded great candidates for the Taipei and Sinbei elections. As the ruling party, the KMT is the target of public grievances and faces a tough battle in November,” Jaw said.

KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) said the party expected Jaw to offer valuable election campaign advice, especially in Taipei and Sinbei.

The research center will be headed by Hung Yung-tai (洪永泰), a professor of political science at National Taiwan University.

Both Hau and Chu yesterday welcomed the decision to invite Jaw to serve as an adviser.

Hau lauded Jaw for his rich experience in studying elections as a media veteran and said Jaw's participation would have a positive impact on his campaign.

Chu said he believed that Jaw would be of great help to the party and would seek his advice.

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