IN ITS OWN RIGHT:Huang Kuo-chang said the two parties had nominated outstanding at-large legislative candidates, so voters should cast their ballots based on policy issues
Date: Jan 14, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday pushed back against Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) calls for “pan-green camp” voters to “concentrate” their votes in Saturday’s legislative elections, although it refrained from directly criticizing the DPP.
“When we say that we want a ‘new politics,’ we do not want to get bogged down in the manipulative methods of old politics, so we absolutely will not criticize parties whose ideas are similar to ours nor will we issue a call for voters to ‘allocate ballots,” Acting NPP Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said.
Ballot allocation refers to voters coordinating to strategically divide their ballots among ideologically similar parties or candidates, the way the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) called on pan-green households to “allocate” at least one ballot to the TSU during the 2012 elections.
The DPP over the past week has repeatedly called on voters to “concentrate” their at-large ballots on itself, saying that support for small “third force” parties threatens to undermine the “safe” seats on its at-large legislative slate. [FULL STORY]