TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) will announce on July 15 its nominee to take on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the 2020 presidential race.
After conducting a nationwide poll using only landline-based phone interviews from July 8 to 14, the KMT will announce the results at 11 a.m. Monday at a press conference in its Taipei headquarters.
Only three of the five primary contenders — Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) and National Taiwan University professor Chang Ya-chung (張亞中) — are expected to join the press event, CNA has learned.
The campaign of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. former chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) told CNA that Gou is expected to send a representative to the event because he will be busy with other matters. Gou has repeatedly voiced displeasure with the way the primary campaign has been run.
Former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), meanwhile, already announced he would hold his own press event in response to the polling results.
Previous polls conducted by local media showed that Han was leading in the race, followed by Gou and Chu.
According to the KMT’s website, the surveys were being conducted by five polling organizations each responsible for collecting a minimum of 3,000 valid responses via landline phone calls.
The polls will not only compare the popularity of the five presidential hopefuls against each other but also pit each of them in a hypothetical three-way race against President Tsai and independent Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is seen as likely to join the race.
The first comparison will account for 15 percent of the final polling results, while the second one will account for 85 percent of the score, according to the KMT.
The calls were being randomly made between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. from July 8 to 14.
After the results are released to the public on Monday, the KMT’s Central Standing Committee will officially announce the candidate on Wednesday before the party formally names its 2020 presidential candidate at its national congress on July 28.
By Yu Hsiang and Joseph Yeh