Former Taiwan vice president abandons presidential bid

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/02
By: Huang Rei-hung and Ko Lin

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) announced Saturday that she is

CNA file photo

pulling out of the 2020 presidential race, citing legal and political constraints as the main factors behind the withdrawal of her bid as an independent candidate.

In a statement, Lu criticized the petition system that independent candidates must follow as being flawed and unconstitutional.

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), candidates were required to collect 280,384 valid signatures, or 1.5 percent of the electorate in the 2016 legislative elections, by Nov. 2 to qualify as candidates.

They were also required to put up a NT$1 million (US$32,020) deposit.    [FULL  STORY]

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