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Taiwan gears up for November local government elections

2018/10/19 20:22:47

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Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's local government elections to be held around the country on Nov. 24 will see eligible voters elect mayors or county magistrates to lead all 22 of Taiwan's main administrative districts.

They will also elect councilors in the special municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung; councilors, township chiefs and representatives in the other 16 counties and county-level cities; and village and ward chiefs in all 22 areas.

In addition, voters will have the chance to vote in at least nine referendums, far more than ever before.

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

On Friday, a draw was held to determine the number that will be shown for each candidate appearing on the ballot.

Here are key dates in the lead-up to the 2018 elections:

--Nov. 8: The Central Election Commission (CEC) releases a bulletin listing all the candidates running in the special municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

--Nov. 9-23: Legal campaigning period for the above candidates.

--Nov. 13: The CEC releases a bulletin listing the candidates running for magistrates and mayors, along with city and county councilors in the other 16 counties and county-level cities.

--Nov. 14-23: Legal campaigning period for the above.

--Nov. 21: The delivery of election notification by the CEC to every eligible voter in Taiwan to be completed prior to this date.

According to the CEC, a national identification card, seal and election notification are required to vote, and cellphones and cameras are forbidden at polling stations.

--Nov. 24: Election day.

A total of 19.208 million voters across Taiwan are eligible to vote, and 11,047 public offices will be contested, according to the latest CEC data.

(By Ko Lin)
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