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KMT defers to next year selections in tough seats in south

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) plans to complete the nomination process for next year’s seven-in-one elections in Hsinchu City, Taitung, Yunlin and Kinmen County by the end of this year, putting back the nomination process in the tough electoral zones of cities in the country’s south to early next year.

The first-round nomination process is to include cities and counties under the KMT jurisdictions.

Hsinchu Mayor Hsu Ming-tsai (許明財), Taitung County Commissioner Huang Chien-ting (黃健庭) and Kinmen County Commissioner Li Wo-shi (李沃士) are all to strive for re-election, and are expected to obtain party nomination.

KMT prospects in pan-green strongholds in the south are less strong, with the party lacking a good candidate to run for the Greater Tainan mayoralty. In Greater Kaohsiung, the party plans to nominate former Kaohsiung County commissioner Yang Chiu-hsin (楊秋興).

KMT Spokesman Yang Wei-chun (楊偉中) said the party is scheduled to complete the nomination process in more difficult electoral zones next year, while dismissing allegations that Chiayi Mayor Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) will represent the KMT in Greater Tainan and run against incumbent William Lai (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party.

“The KMT does not have such arrangement. For next year’s elections, our principle is to plan ahead and begin campaigning early,” he said.

According to the KMT’s first-round nomination process, the party is set to poll for candidates from Dec. 6 through Dec. 20, and invite party members to cast votes on hopefuls on Dec. 21. The party would rely on both public polls and votes from members to determine its candidates. Results are to be released on Dec. 21.

A final first-round nomination list is to be presented to the Central Standing Committee on Dec. 25 for approval.

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