By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Central Election Commission (CEC) would need to spend an additional
NT$160 million (US$5.34 million) on a mayoral by-election should Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu decide to quit his position as New Taipei mayor to run for the presidency next January, reports said Wednesday.
The CEC also pointed out that even if Chu loses his run on January 16, he has the liberty to bid for another stint as mayor, a situation which the commission calls for an amendment to the Constitution to resolve that loophole.
During a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in the morning, CEC Chairman Liu Yi-chou told Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chuang Ruei-hsiung that it would need two months to prepare a mayoral by-election should Chu leave his post as mayor. [FULL STORY]