By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Shih
Ming-te plans to take his failed presidential bid to the Council of Grand Justices for a ruling on its constitutionality, reports said Friday.
Even though Shih announced in September he was giving up his effort, he still showed up at the Central Election Commission Friday to register for the January 16 election.
As predicted, the commission rejected his registration attempt because he could not produce the 300,000 signatures necessary for an independent candidate.
When it became clear last September that he would not be able to collect that many endorsements, Shih announced he would not be running. Earlier in the race, he had reportedly tried to cooperate with People First Party Chairman James Soong, who did not need endorsements because his party won sufficient votes at the previous legislative election. Shih also called on the CEC to allow the registration of online endorsements, but the commission said only filled-out paper forms counted for the election registration. [FULL STORY]