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Government formally announces election results

2012/01/14 23:41:01

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou, presidential candidate of the Kuomintang (KMT), won Taiwan's presidential election Saturday, the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced.

Ma and his running mate Wu Den-yih won the election with 6,891,139 votes, or 51.6 percent of the votes cast, in the fiercely contested election, Chang Po-ya said.

Ma's main challenger Tsai Ing-wen and her running mate Su Jia-chyuan of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) received 6,093,578 votes, or 45.63 percent of the total, Chang said.

The other pair in the presidential election, James Soong and Lin Ruey-shiung of the People First Party, garnered 369,588 votes, or 2.77 percent of the total, she added.

A total of 13,452,016 votes were cast out of some 18 million eligible voters. The voter turnout was the lowest since direct presidential elections began in Taiwan in 1996, being recorded at 74.38 percent, a drop of nearly 2 percentage points from that of the 2008 presidential election, according to the CEC.

In the previous presidential election in 2008, Ma and his then running mate Vincent Siew received a total of 7,658,724 votes (58.45 percent) and defeated the DPP's Frank Hsieh and his running mate Su Tseng-chang, who received 5,445,239 votes (41.55 percent).

(By Jamie Wang)