DPP says candidates, new policy to be unveiled soon

By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 - Page 3

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced that it would complete its nominations for the legislative elections and unveil its long-awaited 10-year policy guidelines on Aug. 24.

The remaining nine DPP nominations in 73 single-member districts will be decided when the policy guidelines, covering a wide range of issues, gets approved at the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Aug. 24, DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said.

The nine nominations to be finalized are in the Taipei districts of Songshan (松山), Xinyi (信義) and Wenshan (文山), Taoyuan County’s Bade City (八德市) and Pingjhen City (平鎮市), New Taipei City’s (新北市) Zhonghe (中和) and Yonghe (永和) districts, as well as the Kinmen, Matsu and Mountain Aboriginal districts.

The districts are all seen as constituencies where it will be difficult for the DPP to pull off a victory in the January legislative elections, which will be held along with the presidential election.

Meanwhile, DPP spokesman Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said the 10-year policy guideline, which has been in the pipeline since February, is expected to be approved at the CEC meeting.

“The guideline will cover a wide range of issues from education to cross-Taiwan Strait relations. Some of the issues, such as a nuclear-free homeland and the proposed reform of property transaction tax, have been discussed in the past few months during Tsai’s presidential campaign,” he said.

Tsai’s running mate, in one of the most anticipated campaign issues for both DPP supporters and its opponents, would also be announced the party congress on Aug. 28, Chen said.