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KMT nominates 17 legislative election candidates

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Former professional basketball star Chien Wei-chuan, center, announces her decision to run in January’s legislative elections as a KMT candidate on Tuesday.

Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday completed the third phase of its nominations for the legislative elections, naming 17 candidates, but the nomination process will not be completed until next month as the party is struggling to finalize its candidates in 16 electoral districts that have more than one hopeful.

The nomination list included former women’s professional basketball star Rosa Chien (錢薇娟), who announced on Tuesday she would be representing the KMT.

She will represent the party in the Luzhou (蘆洲) and Wugu (五股) districts of New Taipei City (新北市) against the incumbent, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬).

KMT Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元), who beat KMT Taipei City Councilor Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) in the polls, secured his candidacy to represent the party in Neihu (內湖) and Nangang (南港) districts of Taipei after he was found not guilty in a trial over the alleged embezzlement of company funds during his term as the chairman of Central Motion Pictures Corp.

Among the 17 nominees in 15 districts were incumbent legislators Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) and Chiu Yi (邱毅).

KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) said the party would finalize its candidates in the 16 other districts next month via negotiation or polls, and that the party would handle the nomination in each district on a case by case basis.

The party was originally scheduled to complete the nomination process on May 21, but it has been delayed because of difficulties in finalizing candidates in districts with more than one contender.

The KMT has completed the nomination of 61 legislative candidates.

Su said the party has been conducting negotiations in districts with more than one contender and that those negotiations would continue until the nomination list has been completed.

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