DPP candidates for Taipei mayoral bid make final appeals
May 12, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI--Two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspirants for the party's nomination in the year-end Taipei mayoral election made their final pushes on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's poll that will determine who advances to a second stage in the primary.
Lawyer Wellington Koo and Legislator Yao Wen-chih visited traditional markets and appealed for support by handing out fresh carnations, the flower commonly used to mark Mother's Day in Taiwan, and lollipops.
Koo and Yao will be joined by lawmaker Hsu Tain-tsair in the three-way poll on May 13.
Another potential candidate, former Vice President Annette Lu, announced on Saturday that she was pulling out of the poll because she disapproved of how the DPP was tailoring its primary to accommodate non-party members.
The party's primary is being held in two stages.
After the internal poll of DPP candidates is held on May 13, the winner will then face off against independent candidates in another poll in June to determine who will represent the pan-green camp.
The arrangement has been made to include National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je in the process.
Polls suggest that Ko, an independent whose views dovetail with those of the DPP, is seen as the pan-green camp's best chance of beating the pan-blue Kuomintang (KMT) nominee Sean Lien in a city viewed as a KMT stronghold.
But Ko resisted becoming a DPP member, making him ineligible to participate in the DPP primary. That left the party with the dilemma of whether to field its own candidate in the Taipei race or find a way to unite behind Ko's bid.
The two-stage primary was how it decided to solve the dilemma, leaving Lu upset.