DPP for­feits 11 dis­tricts for leg­isla­tive elec­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

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