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2014 ELECTIONS: Dozens of Taitung County candidates face no opponents

Staff writer, with CNA

In remote Taitung County on Taiwan’s southeastern edge, the Nov. 29 nine-in-one elections are pretty much in the bag for dozens of candidates campaigning to become city and township mayors and council members, or village and borough wardens.

In contrast to the commissioner’s race, which pits Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) against Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Liu Chao-hao (劉櫂豪), 39 candidates for village and borough warden in the county’s 16 cities and townships are the only contenders contesting their respective polls.

Making their task even easier is an electoral provision that allows them to win with just one ballot — even if that ballot is cast by the candidates themselves.

In the county councilor contests, seven candidates are campaigning unopposed, although election rules stipulate that these hopefuls will have to win the votes of one-tenth of the total number of eligible voters in their respective constituencies, divided by the number of councilor seats for that constituency.

Among the city and township mayoral polls, only the race for the rural township of Yanping (延平) remains uncontested. The sole candidate would have to win the support of 20 percent of eligible voters to get elected as head of the 3,617-person township, according to electoral rules.

On election day, voters across the nation are to select mayors for the six special municipalities; the commissioners and mayors of 16 counties and provincial cities; 375 municipal councilors; 532 city and county councilors; 198 mayors of townships and county-controlled cities; 2,096 councilors for township and county-controlled city councils; six Aboriginal district representatives; 50 representatives for Aboriginal district councils; and 7,851 village and borough wardens.

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