The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday confirmed that it would consider working with the People First Party (PFP) to determine a legislative nomination for Greater Tainan, with the KMT having trouble finalizing candidates in the area.
KMT spokesperson Lai Su-ju (賴素如) said the party had completed its legislative nomination process in four electoral districts in Tainan and was seeking to confirm its candidate in the city’s first electoral district.
“The KMT proposed three principles for KMT-PFP cooperation, and what we proposed was basically to negotiate with the PFP in districts where a candidate has not yet been chosen. There’s room for cooperation in Greater Tainan,” she said.
KMT Secretary-General Liao Liou-yi (廖了以) suggested three principles for KMT-PFP cooperation last month, including joint nominations in districts where candidates have not been finalized, talks on nominees in districts for which the KMT has already completed the nomination process and discussions on the legislators-at-large roster.
The party proposed the principles after it began to discuss the possibility of cooperation in legislative nominations with the PFP in March. Talks of joint legislative nominations, however, met with resistance from the PFP, as it challenged the KMT over its apparent lack of interest in negotiations over possible joint nominations, saying it would present its own legislative nomination list.
PFP Secretary-General Chin Chin-sheng (秦金生) said the party had already decided to nominate former Sinying (新營) mayor Lee Zhong-chi (李宗智) as a candidate in the legislative election for the electoral district. He declined to confirm whether the party would discuss the nomination with the KMT.
“Cooperation between the PFP and the KMT should be done with creativity and sincerity. It seems that the KMT is still looking for a candidate in the district and we have yet to see its sincerity,” Chin said.
Lai said the KMT and the PFP could finalize candidates through run-off polls if the two parties both presented candidates.