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Taoyuan district recount sees no change of winner

Staff writer, with CNA

A ballot recount confirmed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) as the winner of a hotly contested district in Taoyuan in the Jan. 16 legislative elections, the Taoyuan District Court said yesterday.

The court and lawyers representing Chen and his rival, the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Hsu Ching-wen (徐景文), completed the recount from 25 ballot boxes at 12pm yesterday.

The Central Election Commission announced was Chen the winner by 77,510 votes against Hsu’s 77,120 votes on election night. Hsu applied for a recount.

The recount showed one less vote for Chen and resulted in the gap between the two narrowing to 389 votes.

Hsu chose 25 out of 174 ballot boxes for the recount that he deemed to have too large a discrepancy in votes.

This was the second recount since the legislative elections, but the results have not shown any dramatic turnaround.

The first recount, also in Taoyuan, showed that KMT Legislator Yang Li-huan (楊麗環) lost to her DPP opponent Cheng Pao-ching (鄭寶清) in the fourth electoral district of the city.

However, the recount cut the gap between the two from 169 votes to 160 votes.

The Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) says a losing candidate is eligible to apply for a recount if the margin falls within 0.3 percent of the vote.

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