KMT mobilizes youth, social sites for election effort

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 - Page 3

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday held its first election campaign meeting with heads of local branches and campaign offices to discuss strategies to help them win January’s presidential and legislative elections,.

Top KMT officials and campaign office leaders, including President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign office executive director King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), KMT vice chairman Chan Chun-po (詹春柏) and KMT secretary-general Liao Liou-yi (廖了以), attended the meeting.

King said the campaign office has relied heavily on the younger generation to attract support with creative campaign strategies, using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

Campaign offices would be established in central and southern Taiwan soon, he said, which promised to invite more young talent to join the campaign.

“We will recruit more young people in all cities and counties. Their creativity and different perspectives will give us more strength in organizing the election campaign,” he said yesterday.

Citing polls conducted by the KMT, King said support for Ma has steadily increased against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Staff at Ma’s campaign office, including spokespersons Lee Chia-fei (李佳霏) and Yin Wei (殷偉), were mostly under 35 years old.

Liao said the KMT would set its own campaign pace while continuing to communicate with the PFP in seeking possible cooperation.