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2018 ELECTIONS: Stars to grace campaign events in Kaohsiung

POLITICKING:While the DPP’s top brass are to stump for Chen Chi-mai, the KMT’s Han Kuo-yu said he has not invited any so he can focus on the public

By Ke Yu-hao and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai greets supporters in the streets of Kaohsiung yesterday.

Photo: CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral campaigns yesterday announced star-studded rallies for today, the last day before polls open for the nine-in-one elections.

The rallies are likely to put hundreds of thousands on the streets and the city’s metropolitan railway lines, as the DPP and the KMT said they expect about 200,000 and more than 120,000 people respectively to attend.

DPP Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) is to host the penultimate campaign rally this afternoon at a vacant lot by the city’s MRT West Fongshan Station, DPP campaign support unit coordinator Chen Chi-yu (陳啟昱) said.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Premier William Lai (賴清德) and Presidential Office Secretary-General and former Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) are to stump for the candidate, he said.

Musical performances are to be held from 6pm to 9pm, including by Hoklo pop singer Chan Ya-wen (詹雅雯), who has accused supporters of KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of cyberbullying, and by Fire Ex (滅火器), a punk group affiliated with the Sunflower movement.

DPP New Taipei City mayoral candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is to appear at a teleconference at 9:20pm at the rally, Chen Chi-yu said.

Lai and Chen Chu are to join Chen Chi-mai after canvassing the city with campaign workers, while Tsai is to join a prayer for blessings and good fortune at 5pm, although Tsai’s schedule demands her presence elsewhere for the rest of the evening, he said.

Meanwhile, Han’s campaign office said it is to hold a rally at 7pm at the Taiwan Sugar Logistics Park near the MRT Kaisyuan Station.

Between 200 and 300 people, including women, are to show up after shaving their heads in a show of support for Han, who is bald, the office said.

Folk singer Yvonne Jeng (鄭怡), pop singer Chen Chin-yi (鄭進一) and puppet master Huang Chun-hsiung (黃俊雄) are scheduled to perform at the event, organizer Tsao Heng-jung (曹桓榮) said.

While political commentators and businesspeople are to endorse Han at the rally, no politicians have been asked to stump for the candidate, he said, adding that the decision highlights the importance of ordinary people.

The campaign expects more people to attend today’s rally than the 120,000 from the previous event in Fongshan District (鳳山) on Saturday last week, adding that it is to prepare 30,000 lawn chairs.

Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp public relations director Wang Po-yen (王柏雁) said that the Kaohsiung Police Department is to assist transportation security officers in keeping order at Formosa Boulevard Station, a transit point for both events.

A train is to depart every four minutes during peak hours and additional trains are to be held in reserve, he said.

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