After losing both the presidency and, for the first time, control of parliament in the 2016 elections, the century-old Kuomintang today elected former Taiwan Vice-President Wu Den-yih 吳敦義 as its new chairperson. Of the 476,147 eligible party members, 58% voted, 52.2% (144k) of which voted for Wu, just past the 50% that would otherwise have triggered a runoff election between Wu and incumbent chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu, who received the second most votes (19.2%). The six candidates include Wu, Hung, former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-pin, former health minister Steven Chan, former MP Han Kuo-yu, and former MP Tina Pan. Continue reading “Former VP elected KMT chairman, same downward spiral?”
Kuomintang Chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu begins her five-day visit to China today, first stopping in Nanjing to pay respect at the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. Sun Yat-sen is widely considered to be the founding father of modern China as well as the founder of what became modern-day KMT. Hung is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his capacity as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing tomorrow.
China has welcome this visit as an important step towards peaceful development of cross-strait relations, again citing the “1992 Consensus” as the basis for cross-strait relations. Of particular importance to China is the one-China principle, while KMT believes the “China” of such principle refers to the Republic of China instead of the People’s Republic of China.
Many in Taiwan, including President Tsai Ing-wen’s government and her Democratic Progressive Party, are watching closely, as some fear that Hung will publicly commit Taiwan to a peace agreement with China, even as KMT lost both the presidency and parliament majority this January. Hung has previously publicly endorsed the idea of both sides belonging to one China without specifying the Republic of China, drawing controversy and ire from many within her party.
Chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party 民主進步黨, Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文, has won the 2016 Presidential Election of Taiwan. Together with her running mate, Vice President-elect Chen Chien-jen 陳建仁, they received 56.12% (6,894,744 votes) of the ballots cast, winning in a landslide against candidates from the governing KMT Chairperson Eric Chu 朱立倫 (31.04%, 3,813,365 votes), and PFP Chairperson James Soong Chu-yu 宋楚瑜 (12.84%, 1,576,861 votes). Tsai and Chen will be sworn into office on May 20, 2016.
View her victory press conference here (in Mandarin and English):
Quite the genius representation. In case anyone’s wondering, the five-color flag (red, yellow, blue, white, black) in the first three frames was the original national flag of the Republic of China when it was first established in 1912. The flag used today (blue sky, white sun, wholly red earth) was used as the ROC Navy flag in 1912, but then officially adapted as the national flag in 1928. In the frame of 2010s, the ball with a green Taiwan represents the current major opposition party in Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 民主進步黨.
The results are in! The incumbent President and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九 and his running mate Premier Wu Den-yih 吳敦義 has won the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election of Taiwan 中華民國總統副總統選舉. They received 51.6% (6,891,139 votes) of the ballots cast, winning over the 45.6% (6,093,578 votes) their opponents DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文 and DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan 蘇嘉全 received. PFP Founding Chairman James Soong Chu-yu 宋楚瑜 and his running mate National Taiwan University Professor Emeritus Lin Ruey-shiung 林瑞雄 received 2.8% (369,588 votes) of the ballots. A voter turnout of 74.38% was recorded (13,452,016 out of 18,086,455, 97,711 ballots were invalidate). President Ma and Vice President-elect Wu will be sworn in office on May 20, 2012 at the Presidential Building 總統府 in Taipei City 臺北市, Taiwan. Continue reading “Ma Ying-jeou wins second term as President of Taiwan”
Update (1/14/2012): the incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of KMT has announced his victory of winning the Presidential Election. DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen has conceded her defeat and resigned as Chairperson of DPP. Ballot counting has finished, please view here for the election results for both the Presidential Election and the Legislative Election (available in English and also by cites and counties).
The 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election of Taiwan 中華民國總統副總統選舉 is happening on Saturday, January 14, 2012, together with the Legislative Election 立法委員選舉 to elect the 8th Legislative Yuan (voting takes place between 8 am and 4 pm, Taiwan Time, all election results are expected to be available around 10 pm). The 13th-term President and Vice President would be the fifth direct presidential election of the ROC (Taiwan).
According to the Central Election Commission 中央選舉委員會 (an 18-minute introduction video on elections in Taiwan is available on the English site), there are 18,086,455 eligible voters for the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election, and a 80% voter turnout can be expected. A total of 14,806 voting stations are available this year. (There were 17,321,622 eligible voters for the 2008 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election, with an estimated voter turnout of 76.3%.)
Click the links to see PDF versions of Election Bulletins 選舉公報 for Presidential and Vice Presidential Election 總統副總統選舉, At-Large and Oversea Compatriot Legislator Election 全國不分區及僑居國外國民立法委員 (18,090,295 eligible voters), Plain 平地 (171,548 eligible voters) and High Mountain 高山 (183,398 eligible voters) Aboriginal Legislator Election 原住民立法委員選舉, and Regional Constituent Legislator Election 區域立法委員選舉 (17,625,632 eligible voters; one bulletin for each special municipality, city and county), issued by the Central Election Commission.
The two major political parties in Taiwan, Kuomintang (KMT) 中國國民黨 and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 民主進步黨 have both recommended their candidates for President and Vice President. 6 other pairs of candidates applied for candidateship by joint signature from electors, but only the pair of candidates from the People First Party (PFP) 親民黨 has reached the required number of signatures needed. Below you can find the three pairs of candidates, in order of random drawing from the Central Election Commission. Continue reading “2012 Taiwan Presidential Election”