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KMT members urged to ‘spoil’ election

By Tang Tsai-hsin and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members in Greater Taichung are reportedly calling for the casting of invalid ballots in the party’s chairmanship election on Saturday next week in protest against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is running for re-election.

Saying that Ma will not be re-elected as party chairman if his “Yes” votes represent fewer than half of the total ballots cast, some party members are said to have encouraged the casting of spoiled ballots.

However, Wang Shih-liang (汪士良), director of the KMT’s branch office in Greater Taichung, denied that Ma receiving fewer than half of the total votes would mean he would not be re-elected as chairman.

However, he added: “We will ask members to participate and cast their votes.”

Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said on Sunday that Ma’s re-election campaign secretary-general, Chan Chun-po (詹春伯), has asked him to provide support for the election.

“The total votes received by Ma will influence the KMT’s momentum for future elections. Therefore we believe party members will still support him,” Hu said.

When asked if he were to mobilize local support, what percentage of the vote Ma is likely to receive in Greater Taichung, Hu replied: “It is difficult to estimate at this time.”

Insiders say Hu was troubled by the question, as the anti-Ma faction within the KMT is growing and some party officials are downbeat about Ma’s chances in the election.

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