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DPP considers new research center to help future elections

SCIENCE FOCUS:The party will look at whether China’s purchase of local agricultural produce cut DPP support in areas that usually vote pan-green

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is considering setting up a permanent election research center to prepare for elections more “scientifically,” party spokesman Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) said yesterday.

The DPP has formed a temporary research team to analyze all poll data from the Jan. 14 presidential and legislative elections, Lo said.

In order to better understand the changing social environment the DPP is considering establishing a standing election research center to prepare for future elections “in a more professional and scientific way,” he said.

The party is scheduled to release a report later this month that reviews DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) defeat by the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in the presidential election, which Ma won by a 6 percent margin.

“The report will include a lot of suggestions and not focus only on the reasons for the election defeat,” Lo said.

Tsai has said repeatedly in party meetings that the post--election review should study questions more scientifically, he added.

Such questions include whether the date of the election affected the willingness of expatriates to return home and vote, whether China’s purchase of local agricultural produce reduced DPP support in traditionally pan-green areas, and whether support for the party fell in areas visited by Chinese tourists, Lo said.

The DPP would also invite academics to help interpret the collated data and their analysis would provide the basis for the election review, Lo said.

The party would also look into why some voters chose not to cast their ballots, he added.

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