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KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu opposes plans for primary polling

By Chiu Yen-ling  /  Staff reporter

Deputy Legislative Speaker and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential primary candidate Hung Hsiu-chu speaks at a news conference in Taipei on Thursday about the results of an opinion poll indicating widespread public support for her candidacy.

Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Secretary-General Lee Shu-

chuan (李四川) met with Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday morning, proposing that the poll required by the party’s presidential primary be conducted with Hung pitted against the opposition party’s candidate.

Hung, the KMT’s only contender for the party primary, said she did not accept the proposal and has protested the suggestion.

Hung said Lee proposed to have the poll gauge support for Hung as the sole KMT candidate and also provide results when pitted against the opposition party’s candidate.

Hung said Lee’s proposal fails to abide by party regulations governing the primary and goes against KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) statement that the rules have to be followed.

The party center has agreed to have her participate in discussions over the format of the poll questions, Hung said, adding, however, that she is not sure to what extent she would be permitted to participate.

Meanwhile, Hung said she asked to give four policy presentations across the country, but the party center deemed the idea not feasible due to a tight primary schedule.

The party center mooted a report at the KMT Central Standing Committee meeting on June 10 that is to be open to the media and broadcasted, she said.

According to Hung, Lee said the poll would be on June 12 and 13, though she had wanted it to be on June 13 and 14, which is a weekend.

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