Date: Apr 03, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) ranked last in an evaluation of the mayors of the six special municipalities, while Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) topped the list.
The online forecaster Exchange of Wisdom published its evaluation results on Wednesday, with Ko having the lowest “market price.”
Lai, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), topped the list with his “price” of 80.9, with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the DPP coming in second, followed by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), both from the DPP, and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Ko, an independent, ranked last with his “price” at 34.6.
The exchange said that Lai last month made the news with issues such as the legislature’s review of an amendment to the Local Government Act (地方制度法); his dismissal of reports about a haunting around the Weiguan Jinlong complex, where 115 people died after the complex collapsed in an earthquake on Feb. 6; his efforts to promote the city’s tourism and his management of post-earthquake affairs.
The amendment, if passed, would require the elections of speakers and deputy speakers of city and county councils to be held with disclosed ballots, which is said to have been tabled in the wake of Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao’s (李全教) alleged vote-buying for the position in 2014. [FULL STORY]