Fri, Jan 20, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Election commission declares Ma the 13th president

Staff Writer, with CNA

Central Election Commission Chairwoman Chang Po-ya gestures toward the presidential and legislative election results, which were posted at the commission’s headquarters yesterday.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The Central Election Commission officially declared Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) the Republic of China’s 13th president and vice president respectively in a notice published yesterday.

Central Election Commission Chairwoman Chang Po-ya (張博雅) said she would deliver certificates of election to the Presidential Office and to the Executive Yuan today in the wake of Saturday’s elections.

Certificates for elected legislators would also be delivered to the headquarters of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Taiwan Solidarity Union and the People First Party the same day, she said.

Meanwhile, the commission said the KMT presidential team is entitled to campaign subsidies of more than NT$200 million (US$6.68 million), based on the number of votes it received in the election.

Under the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法), if a ticket garners more than 33 percent of the vote, it is eligible for a subsidy of NT$30 per vote.

However, the total amount cannot exceed the highest election expense reported by rival candidates, the act states.

With Ma’s 6,891,139 votes in the election, the KMT ticket would be entitled to a subsidy of NT$206,734,170, the commission said. The DPP ticket will be eligible to receive NT$182,807,340, based on Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) 6,093,578 votes in the election.

The subsidies must be claimed within three months of them being released, the commission said.

In addition, Ma and Tsai would also recover their deposits of NT$15 million since they both gained more than 5 percent of the total votes cast, the commission said, but People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) did not meet the vote threshold for getting back his deposit.

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