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DPP announces deadline for settling election bids

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced it had set the deadline to settle on a presidential nominee for May 4, although the process could take place sooner pending negotiations by potential candidates.

Finalizing its primaries timetable after almost two months of controversy, the DPP said it expected to hold discussions on April 6 between potential candidates on who would represent the party for the presidential and vice presidential seat.

If the negotiations are successful, telephone polls would be held between April 25 and April 29, with a final decision made the following Wednesday. Candidates would also have a month to engage in town hall debates.

The decision by the central executive committee caps off increasingly emotional debate between party politicians on how and when the primaries will be held.

Under the approved timetable, potential candidates for the presidential elections would be required to declare their intentions no later than March 25, the deadline for registering and paying the party a deposit.

It is speculated that DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) could soon announce their intention to run.

Su has made scant public appearances of late, emerging unscathed from a row between Tsai and former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who has also dropped hints about a bid.

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