Tsai to start islandwide get out the vote week


TAIPEI–Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will kick off an islandwide get out the vote week Saturday as the race enters the last lap.

A convoy of vehicles will start from her hometown of Fenggang Township, in Southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County.

On Saturday morning she will hold a news conference and will then accompany a local DPP legislator to canvass votes, before her convoy travels to Kaohsiung, where there will be an evening rally that she and her running mate, Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), will attend.

Alex Huang, director of the party’s Department of News and Information, said there will be a theme for the starting place on each day of the convoy.

Saturday’s theme, for example, will be linked to the land.

On Sunday, Tsai will hold a news conference at a temple in Anping, Tainan, to pray to the goddess Matsu for her to “light up Taiwan.” The main guests will be young musicians in the southern city.

“The canvassing activities of Tsai’s convoy will mainly be to whip up passion and a sense of crisis among the supporters,” Huang said.

In addition to calling for supporters to go to the polls, they will also help lobby support for Tsai, Huang went on.

Chen, meanwhile, will campaign in Eastern Taiwan to complement Tsai’s efforts.

Tsai’s convoys will step up the campaigning in fiercely contested areas such as Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli, as well as in several constituencies in Central Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the DPP unveiled yet another campaign video urging young people to return home to be their own masters on Jan. 16.