The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) approved a timetable yesterday for the nomination of its presidential and legislative candidates, setting an April deadline.
The DPP’s Central Standing Committee decided that the presidential candidate would be nominated by the end of April in principle, while the nominees for elected legislators will be decided by mid-April. The nomination of legislators-at-large will be handled in May, it said.
DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she hoped the nomination process would be smooth and peaceful.
This will demonstrate that the party is “mature and can handle its internal competition well and that the nomination system reflects the public’s aspirations,” she said.
The primary consideration in the nomination of elected legislators will be professionalism, with a view to improving the party’s capabilities in the legislature, she said.
She warned that the opposition party would face tough battles in the legislative and presidential elections next year.
“The DPP cannot afford to be optimistic and has to tread gingerly every step of the way to win the two major elections through our best efforts,” she said.
A nine-member coordination team, headed by Central Standing Committee member Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), will nominate the elected legislators, she said.