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Opposition New Power Party legislator survives recall vote

2017/12/16 19:00:28

Taipei, Dec. 16 (CNA) Opposition New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) survived a recall vote Saturday, which allows him to serve out his four-year term until 2020.

The recall effort received 48,693 "Yes" votes on Saturday, about 15,000 votes shy of the 63,888 votes needed to remove Huang from office, according to a preliminary count by the local election commission.

Huang was elected in New Taipei City's 12th electoral district, which covers Jinshan, Wanli, Xizhi, Pingxi, Ruifang, Shuangxi and Gongliao and has a total of 255,551 eligible voters, the election commission said.

A minimum of 63,888 valid votes, or one quarter of the constituency's eligible voters, must be cast in favor of the recall motion for it to pass, according to the Public Officials Election and Recall Law.

The recall effort saw a total of 70,924 votes cast, a voter turnout of 27.75 percent, with 48,692 in favor of the motion and 21,748 against.

(By Kuan-lin Liu)