By: Yu Hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta
Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee approved the party's legislator-at-large candidate list Saturday morning, with the exception of former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), whose No. 17 listing was voted down by a 57-106 margin.
The vote caps a rocky week for the KMT, which first released the list on Wednesday but was criticized for the lack of younger candidates and including candidates with controversial views on China.
Two days later, a revised list was announced, which the party finalized Saturday, approximately two months ahead of Taiwan's Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections.
Legislators-at-large comprise 34 of the 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, and are selected using a separate ballot on which voters choose their preferred political party, rather than individual candidates tied to electoral districts. Parties receiving at least 5 percent of votes on the at-large ballot are allocated seats in proportion to their vote count. [FULL STORY]