Date: Oct 24, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Any new legislative district candidates announced by the New Power Party (NPP) will not actively campaign for their own election, NPP Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday, saying that there were not enough open legislative districts available for the party to run 10 competitive legislative candidates.
“The registration of our second wave of candidates will be to fulfill legal requirements. The candidates will not campaign for votes for themselves in the districts, instead helping the NPP gain more votes on the party ballot. Specifically, the candidates will not establish personal campaign offices and will not have their own personal campaign promotional materials,” Huang said.
“Friendly parties” should not be nervous when the list comes out because the party will not seek to “break solidarity” with or “undercut” their candidates, he said.
The additional district candidates could be viewed as a “stopgap” because under the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), parties are required to nominate at least 10 to be eligible to receive at-large legislative seats based on the general party ballot, he said. [FULL STORY]