DOWNWARD REVISION:The party said it has altered its estimate of obtaining at least 14 legislator-at-large seats to 12, urging support to help it win a majority
Date: Jan 12, 2016
By: Chuang Meng-hsuan / Staff reporter
Saying that potential votes for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) might
be affected by the divide of legislator-at-large votes due to the rise of “third force” parties, the DPP yesterday urged supporters to cast their party votes for the DPP to allow it to win more than half of the legislative seats and carry out effective reforms.
The DPP nominated 16 legislator-at-large candidates. Aiming to prioritize people with professional skills and knowledge, nearly half of the legislator-at-large nominees are not politicians by profession, while those with legislative experiences, such as legislators Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), are listed at the bottom of the lineup.
While the party originally estimated it would obtain at least 14 legislator-at-large seats — whose seats are allocated based on the party’s share of the vote — it has revised down its estimate to about 12 seats due to competition for votes from other “third force” parties. As such, those listed at the bottom of the list are at risk of failing in their election bids. [FULL STORY]