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Voter turnout expected to approach 70 percent: CEC

2014/11/28 18:23:44

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Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Voter turnout for the 9-in-1 local government elections is estimated to reach between 65 percent and 70 percent, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said Friday.

Some 18.5 million people are eligible to vote for a total of 11,130 public servants in Saturday's elections, CEC Deputy Chairman Liu Yi-chou said, adding that he hopes all the tallies can be completed by 11 p.m.

The CEC said it will dispatch some 207,000 staffers to 368 election centers across the country, where a total of 15,559 voting booths will be set up.

The elections will select mayors and city councilors in the special municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and the newly upgraded Taoyuan; magistrates, mayors, councilors, town chiefs and town representatives in the other 16 counties and county-level cities; and village and ward heads in 22 localities.

Also being held are elections for district chiefs and council members in six aboriginal districts in mountainous parts of New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung.

According to the CEC, polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Voters are required to bring their identification cards, personal seals and election notifications with them to the polling stations.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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