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Independent pulls out of presidential race

2015/09/15 18:20:07

Independent presidential candidate Shih Ming-teh (second left) announces Tuesday in Taipei his decision to withdraw from the presidential election next year.

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Independent presidential candidate Shih Ming-teh (施明德) announced Tuesday in a Facebook statement that he will withdraw from the presidential election next year, saying that he will be unable to collect the nearly 300,000 signatures he needs for a petition to run for president.

Shih said that according to the law, he needs to get around 300,000 signatures during a 45-day signature campaign from members of the public to qualify him as an independent candidate unsupported by a political party.

According to the president and vice president election and recall law, candidates that are not nominated by a political party can register as a candidate via a petition signed by at least 1.5 percent of the eligible voters during the most recent Legislative Yuan election, within 45 days of the election proclamation being issued. This means Shih would need to get 269,709 signatures within 45 days of the official Sept. 16 election proclamation.

However, Shih said in the statement that after more than three months of efforts, not enough people were interested in providing their signatures to back him.

(By Evelyn Kao)
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