Hung gets past key Kuom­intang hur­dle Poll re­sults ‘ap­proved,’ fi­nal de­ci­sion com­ing on July 19

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

The Kuom­intang’s (KMT) Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (CSC) used one sec­ond of ap­plause to “ap­prove for ref­er­ence” (

) Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) opin­ion poll re­sults re­leased last Satur­day that showed she had easily passed the party’s 30 per­cent min­i­mum ap­proval rat­ing. Her can­di­dacy for the 14th term of the pres­i­dent of the R.O.C. is ex­pected to re­ceive for­mal ap­proval by a na­tion­wide KMT party congress to be held on July 19.

Eric Chu ( ), the party’s chair­man, said yesterday that while oth­ers had crit­i­cized the KMT pri­mary as “rau­cous,” he pre­ferred the de­scrip­tion “bois­ter­ous” — cit­ing that the party had moved step by step ac­cord­ing to its reg­u­la­tions, sig­nal­ing that the KMT is a demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal party that al­lows dif­fer­ing opin­ions to be ex­pressed but ad­heres to its in­sti­tu­tional frame­work in the end.

Chu re­it­er­ated that the party would get be­hind Hung’s elec­tion cam­paign by sup­port­ing her elec­toral team and also on the pol­icy front with the mo­bi­liza­tion of the party’s think tank, the Na­tional Pol­icy Foun­da­tion (NPF,

). Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports, CSC mem­bers pe­ti­tioned the KMT’s lo­cal head­quar­ters and the NPF to meet with Hung and key party mem­bers to iron out a win­ning elec­toral strat­egy

for next year’s elec­tion.

Hung 41%, Tsai 38%:

TVBS poll

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to an opin­ion poll re­leased by the lo­cal media group TVBS yesterday, Hung leads Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing- wen ( ) by 3 per­cent­age points. For Hung, it rep­re­sented a climb of 10 per­cent from another poll con­ducted two weeks ago. Twenty per­cent of those polled re­mained un­de­cided, while another 2 per­cent fa­vored in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Shih Ming-teh ( ).

The poll in­di­cated that Hung has the high­est sup­port among all other pos­si­ble KMT con­tenders, in­clud­ing Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin- pyng ( ) , who polled 35 to 36 per­cent against Tsai, and Chu who trailed Tsai by 7 per­cent (35 to 42).

In other polling data, younger vot­ers (aged 20-39) as well as res­i­dents in South­ern Tai­wan (in­clud­ing Yun­lin, Chi­ayi and Tainan) pre­ferred Tsai over Hung, while Hung re­ceived greater sup­port than Tsai from vot­ers in North­ern Tai­wan and those 40 and over.

Hung Ham­mers Out Meet with

Wang, Mum on De­tails

Hung con­firmed yesterday to re­porters that she would soon meet with Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang, though she was vague on the time and lo­ca­tion other than it could take place dur­ing the up­com­ing Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val.

While ad­dress­ing ru­mors that Wang was not par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in meet­ing her, or that ne­ti­zens had said that vot­ing for her would be syn­ony­mous with vot­ing for cur­rent pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou, Hung stated that she was pre­pared for the ex­pected ru­mors and smear cam­paigns en­tailed in an elec­tion.

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” she added.

CNA

Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu speaks at the Kuom­intang (KMT) head­quar­ters in Taipei on Sun­day, June 14 af­ter opin­ion polls cleared her of the min­i­mum 30 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing re­quired for the party’s nom­i­na­tion in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The KMT yesterday ap­proved the opin­ion poll re­sults.

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