DPP might face uphill election battle

UNPOPULAR:Re-election prospects of Chiayi Mayor Twu Shiing-jer are ‘worrying,’ a DPP lawmaker said, adding that the party has placed the mayor on a watch list

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 07, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) might face a rocky election campaign in next year’s local elections in Yilan and Yunlin counties and Chiayi City, DPP lawmakers said.

The DPP, which is in office in 13 of the nation’s 22 local governments, might see its electoral efforts hampered due to disunity and an underperforming mayor, according to the lawmakers.

DPP Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀), Yilan’s sole legislator and a likely candidate in the county commissioner election, yesterday said that at least three local officials have announced their intention to seek party nomination for the election.

The competition for party nomination had reportedly been fierce well before outgoing Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) was appointed as the Council of Agriculture minister.    [FULL  STORY]

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