International observers arrive for elections


TAIPEI–An international observer mission that arrived Tuesday to watch over Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday embarked on a six-day Taiwan tour Wednesday.

The group organized by the Taiwan Nation Alliance (TNA) and the International Committee for a Democratic Taiwan (ICDT) is composed of political leaders from the United States, Europe and Asia, including former Alaska governor and U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski and two former directors of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), William A. Stanton and Stephen M. Young.

Others in the observer group are Stephen Bryen, former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense; Stephane Corcuff, associate professor at the University of Lyon in France; Nagashima Akihisa, a member of the House of Representatives of Japan; and Tadae Takubo, deputy director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, a public and foreign policy think tank.

On the first day of their trip, the election observers headed to Kaohsiung and Taichung where they met with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), respectively.

While in Taiwan, they will visit the headquarters of several political parties, including the People First Party, the New Power Party and the ruling Kuomintang.