Kaohsiung mayor recall vote coverage

06/06/2020 03:56 PM
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Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) faced a recall vote on June 6, nearly 18 months after he began his four-year term at the end of December 2018.

The mayor of the southern city, the third largest of Taiwan's six special municipalities in terms of population, is the first special municipality head to face a recall vote, according to the Central Election Commission's (CEC's) online database.

Here is CNA's coverage so far:

2018:

Nov. 25: KMT's Han Kuo-yu wins Kaohsiung mayoral election

2019:

March 9: Petition to recall Kaohsiung mayor sent to city election commission

CNA photo March 9, 2019
CNA photo March 9, 2019

2020:

April 17: Recall vote on Kaohsiung mayor to be held in June

May 5: Kaohsiung mayor defends himself against recall vote

May 30: Kaohsiung mayor absent from TV briefing ahead of recall vote

May 31: Kaohsiung mayor first special municipality chief to face recall vote

June 5: Explainer: June 6 vote to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu

CNA photo June 6, 2020
CNA photo June 6, 2020

June 6:

Kaohsiung voters head to polls for mayoral recall

Mayor Han tours devastated farms amid recall vote in Kaohsiung

CNA photo June 6, 2020
CNA photo June 6, 2020
A voter in raincoat comes to a polling station after a downpour around noon in Kaohsiung. / CNA photo June 6, 2020
A voter in raincoat comes to a polling station after a downpour around noon in Kaohsiung. / CNA photo June 6, 2020

As of 4:38 p.m., just over half an hour after counting began, the Central Election Commission website showed 11,653 votes in favor of a recall of the Kaohsiung mayor, 436 votes against it.

5 p.m.: 363,516 in favor/10,364 against. 856 of the 1823 polling stations finished counting.

Official count shows Han recall vote has passed threshold

Han Kuo-yu (left) and his team at the city government. / CNA photo June 6, 2020
Han Kuo-yu (left) and his team at the city government. / CNA photo June 6, 2020

6 p.m.: 928,481 in favor/24,793 against. 1806 of the 1823 polling stations finished counting. Han won the mayoral election with 892,545 votes in November 2018.

Han Kuo-yu becomes first mayor in Taiwan to be recalled

Han concedes defeat in recall election, blasts DPP's 'national team' effort

After mayoral recall vote, Kaohsiung to hold election by Sept. 12

Prominent voices comment on recall vote against Kaohsiung mayor

Vice premier pitched as DPP candidate for Kaohsiung mayoral election

Han's recall a lesson for politicians: scholar

June 7: Rise and fall of Han Kuo-yu, KMT's 'fallen star'

June 8: Han accepts recall decision, won't challenge result

Pro-recall supporters celebrate. / CNA photo June 6, 2020
Pro-recall supporters celebrate. / CNA photo June 6, 2020

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