The Chiayi City Election Committee has postponed the city’s Nov. 26 mayoral vote following the death of independent candidate Huang Shao-tsung (黃紹聰) early yesterday.
After it was informed by a family member of Huang’s death, the committee said that Article 30 of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) requires that an election be halted if a registered candidate passes away after the deadline for registration and the day before voting.
The cause of death of Huang, a 72-year-old bookkeeper and former temple chairman who had sought land justice, was unclear.
Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsun, Taipei Times
Huang, one of six candidates for mayor in the city, had not made a public appearance since registering for the election.
The Central Election Commission said it is to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss a new date for the election.
The other registered candidates are Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) of the Democratic Progressive Party, and independents Tsai Sung-yi (蔡松益), Chen Tai-shan (陳泰山) and Huang Hong-cheng Taiwan A-chen World Great Person Rich God President (黃宏成台灣阿成世界偉人財神總統), who is known for regularly changing his name and running for office.
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