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Green-SDP Alliance announces list of at-large candidates

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

The Green Party-Social Democratic Party (SDP) Alliance yesterday announced its final list of six at-large legislative candidates.

Heading the list are veteran labor activist Chang Li-fun (張麗芬) and Green Party Taiwan co-convener Lee Ken-cheng (李根政), followed by lawyer and environmental activist Thomas Chan (詹順貴), Taiwan Alliance for the Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare secretary-general Yeh Da-hua (葉大華), architect and social activist Hsieh Ying-chun (謝英俊) and Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights president Victoria Hsu (許秀雯).

The candidates and the electoral order were determined by a 15-member joint committee, with eight fielded by the Green Party and seven by the SDP.

The two parties last month announced an electoral alliance to pool their votes, aiming to reach a 5 percent voter threshold to be allotted at-large legislative seats.

The alliance also announced that they would establish campaign offices in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

“In 2012, our main candidates were all in Taipei ... and there was no way to determine who we could organize and mobilize,” Lee said. “This year is different because each of the [at-large] candidates has an organizational foundation, which they can use to mobilize votes.”

He added that the party believes that current poll figures underestimate the alliance’s level of support because it could attract undecided voters, many of who are discontent with the major political parties.

Party candidates have positioned themselves as representing the true political “third force,” criticizing rival New Power Party (NPP) for cooperating with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“We will serve as a power to help turn society toward justice and sustainable development,” Chan said.

“A political party that draws close to the DPP might not be able to serve as a true centrist counter to the DPP when it governs,” he added.

The Green Party and SDP negotiated their alliance after merger talks with the NPP broke down. The alliance continues to lag behind the NPP in most polls.

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