KMT to start pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion process

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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