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DPP picks up 2 seats, KMT 1 in legislative by-elections

2019/03/16 20:17:24

Top (from left to right): Yu Tien and Kuo Kuo-wen; Bottom (L-R): Chen Yu-chen and Ko Cheng-fang

Taipei, March 16 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made a slight comeback in legislative by-elections Saturday after a landslide loss in local government elections late last year, picking up two seats, while the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) grabbed one.

In the four by-elections in New Taipei, Tainan, Changhua and Kinmen, DPP candidates won the first two, with the KMT taking Changhua and an independent picking up Kinmen, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC).

The DPP's Yu Tien (余天) beat two rivals with 56,888 votes in the third electoral district in Taiwan's most populous city, New Taipei, the commission said.

Another DPP candidate, Kuo Kuo-wen (郭國文), won the second electoral district in southern Taiwan's Tainan with 62,858 votes, beating five other candidates.

In the first electoral district of central Taiwan's Changhua County, Ko Cheng-fang (柯呈枋) of the KMT outweighed two other candidates with 47,835 votes.

Meanwhile, independent candidate Chen Yu-chen (陳玉珍) picked up the seat in outlying Kinmen County, beating her five rivals with 7,117 votes.

In response to the election results, KMT spokesman Ou-Yang Long (歐陽龍) said the party did not do well enough, but vowed to nominate the best candidates for next year's presidential and legislative elections.

DPP Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia (羅文嘉), meanwhile, said his party gained some confidence after the by-elections, but he also stressed that the DPP did not see the result as a victory but rather as a small bit of progress after the party's dismal showing in the local elections.

The CEC said it will make an official announcement of the election results March 19.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)