DPP chair contenders draw ballot numbers

By Enru Lin The China Post

The China Post–Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship candidate Wu Rong-i (吳榮義) said that he won’t sign a fellow candidate’s “platform consensus” for the sake of party unity. Aspirants for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship drew numbers yesterday for their May 27 ballot designations. Appearing in person at the DPP headquarters, candidates Wu, Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良), Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智), and Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) drew 4, 3, 2, and 1, respectively. DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) drew the number 5 for the absent Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who is tipped as front-runner. After the draw, Wu said “it is not convenient” for him to sign Hsu’s three-point “platform consensus.” Earlier this week, Hsu called for other chairman candidates to cosign a platform that favors a pardon for Chen Shui-bian, while opposing “factional operations” and “the DPP chairman’s participation in the 2016 presidential election.” Chai turned down Hsu’s signature request on Tuesday. Hsu “means well,” said Wu yesterday morning, but added that he himself cannot sign the platform because it could raise “suspicions” or disrupt “party unity.” Wu said that his purpose in the chairmanship election is to unite the DPP. Hsu said that there are no hidden implications in his three-point platform. If all candidates can agree to the three political views, then room is cleared for talk on party transformation and campaign strategy.

No one will need to invest time on discussing the 2016 presidential election or on the Chen pardon, he said.