Campaigning for mayoral elections officially begins


TAIPEI — The official campaign period for the Nov. 27 mayoral elections in Taiwan’s five special municipalities starts Nov. 12, electoral authorities announced yesterday.

Campaign activities will be permitted between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on each of the coming 15 days, said the election committees of the five metropolises.

The mayoral candidates for Taipei City are incumbent Mayor Hau Lung-bin of the Kuomintang (KMT), Su Tseng-chang of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and independents Wu Wu-ming, Hsiao Shu-hua and Wu Yen-cheng.

The two candidates for Xinbei City are the KMT’s Eric Li-luan Chu and the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen.

In Taichung, the DPP’s Su Jia chyuan is challenging incumbent Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu of the KMT.

In Tainan, the KMT’s Kuo Tien-Tsai is running against the DPP’s Lai Ching-te.

And in Kaohsiung, there are three candidates: incumbent Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu of the DPP, the KMT’s Huang Chao-shun, and incumbent Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsiung who is running as an independent.

Taipei’s Hau and Taichung’s Hu announced Thursday that they were taking leave from that day to concentrate on their campaigns.

From Dec. 25, Xinbei City will be the name for the new special municipality that is Taipei County; the three other new special municipalities — Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung — represent the combination of previously separate cities and counties.