Kuom­intang pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hung to be put to the test in polls

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Lee Shu-chuan ( ) an­nounced Thurs­day that Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) fate as the rul­ing party’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee will be de­cided by her abil­ity to se­cure at least 30 per­cent sup­port in a se­ries of opin­ion polls set to take place over the com­ing two days.

The re­sults of the opin­ion polls are then set to be pub­lished on Sun­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing party’s reg­u­la­tions, Hung’s nom­i­na­tion will be de­cided by the col­lec­tive out­comes of three polls to be con­ducted by dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies.

She is the only can­di­date to have qual­i­fied for the rul­ing party’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary.

Each of the three polls will be com­prised of an “ap­proval” sur­vey de­signed to gauge re­spon­dents’ sup­port for Hung as a can­di­date and a “com­par­a­tive” sur­vey testing her rat­ing against that of Tsai Ing-wen (

), chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee of the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party. In ad­di­tion, each of the three polls must ob­tain 1,200 valid re­sults from those polled.

Re­sults from the “ap­proval” and “com­par­a­tive” com­po­nents will both be as­signed a 50-per­cent weight­ing to­ward Hung’s over­all sup­port rat­ing as­sess­ment, and the fi­nal out­come will be taken from the av­er­age of the three polls.

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