KMT to start presidential nomination process
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) will start the nomination process to select a presidential candidate on Monday.
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) has already thrown her hat into the ring, though KMT Chairman Eric Chu ( ), said on Friday he would not be seeking the nomination.
Interested members of the party need to submit an application form and collect supporting signatures from 5 percent of KMT members to register as a candidate. They have 27 days to complete the process, with candidate registration taking place on May 17-18.
The candidate will be selected by a combination of opinion polls and a vote by party members. The average of two polls will account for 70 percent of the final result and the party members’ vote, to be held on June 14, 30 percent.
The KMT has more than 300,000 members, so potential candidates need to collect 15,000 signatures to reach the next stage of the selection process.
Hung announced her intention to seek the party’s nomination earlier this month and called for supporters to be there when she gets the application form on Monday morning.
Eric Chu, who is also New Taipei mayor, is widely seen as the KMT’s best chance of winning the president election next year.
The 53-year-old said on Saturday that the KMT will nominate the candidate most likely to benefit the Republic of China and the party.
Other heavyweights considered possible candidates include Vice President Wu Den-yih ( ) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ), who said he would decide whether to seek the nomination before May 16.
The KMT will nominate its presidential candidate at a party convention in mid-July.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party nominated chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) as its presidential candidate on April 15.
The Central Election Commission last month selected Jan. 16, 2016 as the date for the presidential and legislative elections.