By: J.H. Chang and Lillian Lin
Tainan. Oct. 16 (CNA) The newly formed Free Taiwan Party (FTP), which advocates Taiwan independence, is inviting people who share the party’s political ideals to join it and run for seats in the January 2016 legislative elections.
A new political party needs to nominate candidates in at least 10 of the 73 electoral districts in order to qualify to run for seats in the Legislative Yuan, and the FTP is hoping that if it can qualify to run, it could win 5 percent of the votes and win one of the 34 party-list seats, according to FTP Chairman Tsay Ting-kuei.
Opening the first FTP campaign office in Tainan, the civil engineering professor and political activist said that by representing the FTP in the Jan. 16 elections, politicians interested in public office can build up their images with more public exposure. [FULL STORY]