More than 540 academics, representatives of international organizations and journalists from foreign media outlets are expected to descend on Taiwan for the Jan. 14 presidential and legislative elections, the Government Information Office (GIO) said yesterday.
Of those who have registered with the GIO to cover the elections, 519 people, or 96.1 percent, will travel at their own expense, while 18 reporters and three academics will receive full or partial sponsorship from the GIO, it said.
Other academics and organizations have signed up with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Election Commission, the government-affiliated Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, as well as colleges and academic institutions, the GIO said.
Academics sponsored by the GIO include Ling Yu-long, professor of political science and head of the social sciences division at Franklin College; Dennis Hickey, professor at Missouri State University; and Vincent Wang (王維正), professor of politics at the University of Richmond.
A total of 183 reporters registered with the GIO are from news organizations in Hong Kong and Macau, 136 are from Japan, 94 from European nations, 65 from the US and Canada, 58 from countries in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, three from Africa and one from Latin America, the GIO said.