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DPP survey on Taipei mayoral election set for May 13

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) yesterday said the party is scheduled to hold the first stage of public surveys for its Taipei mayoral candidate. DPP members will be surveyed on May 13 and the result announced on May 14, with the final choice of candidate being announced in mid-June.

The opposition recently resolved to nominate the Taipei mayoral candidate via two stages — opinion polls for DPP members for the first stage, and after that a negotiation process with pan-green mayoral aspirants.

Lin said the public survey will also be comparing candidates to Kuomintang candidate Sean Lien (連勝文)

DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lee Chun-yi (李俊毅) yesterday afternoon invited DPP members who wish to be nominated for the Taipei mayoral election for a meeting to decide the date for the public survey.

The DPP member with the highest approval rating will be announced on May 14, Lin said, noting that the party will then negotiate and hold public surveys comparing with pan-green aspirants including National Taiwan University Hospital physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and writer Neil Peng (馮光遠). The final nominee will be announced in mid-June, Lin said.

Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday was quoted by DPP lawmaker Chen Tan-shan (陳唐山) as saying that Ko is very likely to be nominated by the DPP for Taipei mayoral election.

Chen said however, the party should be handling the “integration” process of DPP and pan-green aspirants in a more cautious manner.

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