Nov 24, 2018 Market Comments Off on DPP’s Huang Wei-che elected Tainan mayor (update)
Taipei, The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) Huang Wei-che (???) declared victory in the Tainan mayoral election Saturday, defeating his closest rival, former Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Kao Su-po (???).
Huang garnered 360,749 votes or 38.01 percent of the total of votes casted in a six-way race, ahead of Kao who got 307,725 votes or 32.43 percent, after more than 98 percent of the total number of ballots counted.
Huang's win means the DPP will continue its 25-year hold on the mayoral seat in the southern municipality.
Huang won the party's primary against five other hopefuls earlier in the year. Tainan has been headed by Acting Mayor Lee Meng-yen (???) for the past year, since former Mayor Lai Ching-te (???) was appointed premier in September 2017.
The other candidates in Saturday's six-way race were four independents, namely former Tainan county magistrate Su Huan-chih (???), who gave up his DPP membership in March after 27 years to run as an independent, former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (???), Lin Yi-feng (???) and Chen Yung-ho (???).
The southern city has a total of 1,546,862 eligible voters.
In his victory speech, Huang said although he won the election, his margin of victory was small compared with his predecessor Lai, who won by a landslide in 2000 and 2014.
Huang also said that the DPP's lackluster performance in the local elections Saturday indicated that there is a lot of room for improvement.
He said he will continue to humbly advance reforms in Tainan, drawing on the proposals put forth by the other mayoral candidates in the city.
"My election is a heavy responsibility on my shoulders," Huang said, adding that he did not do enough to help his party in the nationwide local government elections.
Commentators have ascribed the DPP's landslide defeat in Saturday's elections mainly to a weak performance by the central government and the popularity of the KMT's Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu (???), who is said to have created a "Han Wave" that helped galvanize support for other KMT candidates across the country.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel