CEC rolls out presidential ballot, sets target for finishing vote count - Focus Taiwan

CEC rolls out presidential ballot, sets target for finishing vote count

CEC Chairman Lee Chin-yung
CEC Chairman Lee Chin-yung

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday released the three-way presidential ballot for the Jan. 11 elections and set a 10 p.m. deadline for completing the vote count on election night.

At a press conference, CEC Chairman Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) unveiled the ballot, on which the order and number allocated to the presidential candidates were determined in a draw by them on Monday.

In descending order, the ballot lists candidates James Soong (宋楚瑜) and Sandra Yu (余湘) on the People First Party ticket, Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and Chang San-cheng (張善政) of the Kuomintang, and Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Lai Ching-te (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party.

On Election Day, the results will be streamed live on the CEC's Facebook page and YouTube channel, with the full results expected by 10 p.m., Lee said.

In the interest of transparency, representatives of the parties and candidates in the elections will be stationed at polling stations throughout the country to observe the voting process, he said.

Also on Friday, the CEC announced that the official presidential campaign period will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 10.

The limited 28-day campaign period is in accordance with the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, but is usually not rigidly enforced, which has led to calls for reform in that regard.

Theoretically, it is intended to limit the time period in which a wide range of campaign-related activities, such as political rallies and opinion polls, can be held.

Under the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, the campaign periods for mayoral and legislative elections are even shorter.

(By Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta)

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