DPP forfeits 11 districts for legislative election
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) New Taipei City Councilor Shen Fa-hui ( ) yesterday proclaimed on his Facebook page that New Power Party (NPP,
) member and Academia Sinica researcher Huang Kuo-chang (
) has stepped up to participate in the upcoming legislative election.
Following his post, Shen’s social media statement drew widespread media attention because should Huang officially declare his participation, the researcher would be running out of the electoral district of New Taipei City’s Xizhi ( ), the same district where Shen has been viewed as a popular legislative candidate.
Though both Shen and Huang represent different political parties, Huang’s involvement would stop Shen from running in the election to provide the NPP member with a stronger chance of winning, in spite of the city councilor’s long-term positive reputation in the area.
According to DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng ( ), the reason behind the city councilor letting the researcher take his place is the result of a decision made by the DPP’s Central Executive Committee not to nominate any candidates in 11 electoral districts for the upcoming legislative election.
One such district is Xizhi, Wang said, which along with the other 10 DPP forfeited districts, has been given up to a third party that would have a better chance of achieving the mutual goal of defeating the ruling Kuomintang (KMT).
The decision would also be beneficial for the DPP to negotiate with other parties who share similar objectives with the political
party, Wang said.
Shen’s Proclamation Did Not
Come Without Criticism
Though Shen’s Facebook post encouraged his constituents to vote for Huang, the message did not come without criticism of the DPP’s decision.
The city councilor first applauded Huang for his efforts during the Sunflower Student Movement of which Huang was an important member, and said that would be the reason for support for the researcher.
Shen then went on to say, ac- cording to recent polls, that his popularity is steadily ahead of the KMT’s Xizhi legislative candidate and incumbent legislator Lee Chinghua ( ). Shen also said Huang has a lot of room for improvement.
The city councilor then wrote, “To be frank, all repercussions that would result from the decision to ignore the polls of this (XiZhi) electoral district and forfeit the opportunity to a third party must be taken up by the party’s election strategy committee. The committee must be held responsible should the DPP lose more than half of the legislative seats.”
Shen then said that should the final outcome of the election strategy decision prove unbeneficial to the DPP, then the party’s New Taipei City convener Yu Shyi-kun ( ?) must be held accountable.
In response to Shen’s statements, Huang also took to his Facebook page to explain his position.
Huang said he understands and is grateful for the DPP’s efforts to provide him with a better chance of bringing down the district’s incumbent legislator (Lee). However, Huang said that the person that does the job does not necessarily have to be him.