Taiwan moves January legislative by-elections to a Sunday

The one-day postponement is designed to avoid interfering with examinations on Saturday January 26

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/04
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The first two legislative by-elections, in Taipei and Taichung, will take place on Sunday, January 27. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a rare move, two legislative by-elections originally scheduled for Saturday January 26 will be postponed to the following day to avoid interference with examinations, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Tuesday.

On November 24, some lawmakers won the mayoral and county magistrate elections, while others had resigned ahead of the election to show their commitment to the campaign.

Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) won the Taichung mayoral elections, while ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Yao Wen-chih (姚文智) had resigned from the Legislative Yuan, even though he eventually went on to lose his bid for mayor of Taipei City.

The CEC had initially picked January 26 as the date for the two by-elections, but later, objections arose as it was noted that the same day, some students would have to take entrance examinations. Since both examinations and voting usually take place at schools, the government felt the elections should be moved, the Apple Daily reported.

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