DPP announces timeline for election of new party chairperson

Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Wednesday that it will accept registrations from candidates for party chairperson next week, before holding an election open to party members on Jan. 15.

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) resigned as DPP chairperson in the wake of the party’s defeat in local elections on Nov. 26, after which Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (???) was selected to serve as acting chair.

On Wednesday, the DPP’s Central Standing Committee approved a schedule to elect a new chairperson, starting with the registration of candidates from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16.

As with the previous election, contenders in the race must pay a NT$1.5 million (US$48,931) registration fee. it said.

After confirming their eligibility, candidates will present their views to DPP members in at least one televised forum between Dec. 23 and Jan. 13, 2023, according to the party.

The DPP will then hold an election open to all party members on Jan. 15 and formally announce its new chairperson on Jan. 18, the party said.

Vice President Lai Ching-te (???) is widely considered to be the frontrunner in the contest, if he decides to run.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel