DPP rallies for votes; KMT rallies grassroots

By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues to fight to unite votes under the DPP banner amid rising third forces, while the Kuomintang (KMT) launched a new advertisement in the hopes of encouraging support and turnout on Monday.

The first 16 DPP nominees on its legislator-at-large list gathered at the Legislative Yuan, calling for a concentrated ballot-casting for at-large seats, the DPP presidential front-runner Tsai Ing-wen and other local legislator candidates.

The continuing focus on at-large ballot campaigning reflects DPP concerns over a split in pan-green support, and addressing how pro-DPP voters might cast their at-large ballots for smaller parties with similar political stances — such as the New Power Party (NPP) — so as to increase diversity in the Legislature.

DPP at-large nominee Chen Chi-mai said the election of DPP at-large candidates was “critical,” many of whom were listed at No. 10 to No. 16. Sources initially believed that the first 16 seats were considered “safe.” Now the number thought to be safe has fallen to 13, local media reported.

DPP presidential candidate Tsai, campaigning with legislative candidates in Yunlin — Su Chih-fen, and Liou Chien-kuo — also reiterated her call to enthusiastic supporters to concentrate votes for the DPP, so as to guarantee the DPP would win the majority in the Legislative Yuan.

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While the KMT maintained a less urgent attitude regarding the threat that small parties pose, stating that they were unlikely to make it past the 5-percent benchmark, according to Chinese-language United Evening News, speculation that third forces could win enough support to bypass the benchmark continues to circulate in the DPP.