The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) yesterday focused on Taipei and Hsinchu in the final hours leading up to today’s local elections.
Taipei Mayor and TPP Chairman Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) campaigned with independent Taipei mayoral candidate Vivian Huang (黃珊珊), as well as TPP Taipei city councilor candidates Chen Su-yu (陳思宇), Huang Ching-ying (黃?瑩) and Lin Chen-yu (林珍羽).
The party has fielded candidates for Taoyuan mayor, Hsinchu mayor and Yilan County commissioner, and also nominated 86 city and county councilors.
Ko on Thursday said his achievements during eight years in office “should be continued by Huang,” calling on voters to cast their ballots “rationally.”
Huang said that she hoped to demonstrate Taipei’s progress during the two days of canvassing, saying that “the positive changes must not stop here.”
Ko yesterday also went to Hsinchu to support TPP mayoral candidate Ann Kao (高虹安) before heading back to Taipei to attend Huang’s final campaign rally on election eve.
In response to accusations of plagiarism in her doctoral thesis, Kao yesterday wrote on Facebook that the University of Cincinnati has said that her thesis is “free from any research, scholarly or copyright misconduct.”
However, the Institute for Information Industry said in a statement that it sent a letter to the university on Oct. 25 informing it about allegations of plagiarism in Kao’s report and has not received a reply, adding that the letter Kao posted was sent earlier by the university on Oct. 20.
TPP Legislator Lai Hsiang-ling (賴香伶), the party’s Taoyuan mayoral candidate, was yesterday joined by TPP Secretary-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) in canvassing for votes.
Lai said she is determined to break through the two-party dominance of the Democratic Progressive Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to offer a new choice for citizens.
TPP candidate for Yilan County commissioner Chen Wan-hui (陳琬惠) held a news conference with the party’s county councilor and local representative candidates to promote their platforms.
Separately, New Power Party (NPP) Chairwoman Chen Jiau-hua (陳椒華) said in a Facebook post on Thursday that Taiwan’s system of democracy and justice has been thrown into a “quagmire” that the NPP aims to resolve.
The party has nominated candidates to run for Keelung mayor, Miaoli County commissioner and Pingtung County commissioner, as well as 46 candidates for councilors.
She called on voters to support the candidates, who would work hard to supervise the government, distribute resources fairly to protect the rights of the youth and minorities, and counter Chinese aggression.
The Taiwan Statebuilding Party has nominated 24 candidates for councilor seats; the Taiwan Obasan Political Equality Party has nominated 15; the New Party seven; the Taiwan Solidarity Union six; and the People First Party, the Green Party Taiwan and the Taiwan Renewal Party each have five candidates.
Additional reporting by Ho Yu-hua, Hsu Tzu-ling, Yang Cheng-yu and Chen Cheng-yu
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