DPP, KMT make final campaign push
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made one feisty, final campaign offensive yesterday in Taichung District Two, which votes today to fill its legislative seat.
January 26, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
On election eve, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang and other party heavyweights stumped for party nominee Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱) at a mass rally in Wurih (烏日).
Earlier, Tsai Ing-wen, Frank Hsieh, Yu Shyi-kun and party-affiliated magistrates and mayors had canvassed for Chen along three routes in Taichung.
Chen himself was accompanied by the party chairman. Starting Friday morning, the pair spoke to the press and hit the streets in a motorcade.
At a campaign event titled “Set a good example for the children,” Su made an emotional appeal that leaned on the candidate's clean image.
“Let children know what is right, what is fervent and idealistic and what is decent. Elect a talented and idealistic person such as Chen Shi-kai,” said Su.
Meanwhile, Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Yen Kuan-hen (顏寬恒) spent the day in Shalu District (沙鹿區), his firmest voter base in Taichung District Two.
Yen and his campaign team set up at a major intersection Friday morning, greeting commuters and lighting lines of firecrackers. Yen was accompanied by his father and former Legislator Yen Chin-piao (顏清標), whose own seat is up for grabs today.
Father and son told media that they are “very confident” about the election outcome.
Members of the public shout out encouragement wherever he goes, said Yen Kuan-hen, who said he has felt gratified by the support.
The older Yen said that even residents who are affiliated with the DPP have come out to support his son.
He has served the districts of Shalu, Wurih, Longjing (龍井), Dadu (大肚), Wufeng (霧峰) for over 20 years — the results are there for everyone to see, said Yen Chin-piao,
He is close with the people and has confidence his son will come out on top in the election, the father said.
DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) stressed that Chen has a real chance in the election, in spite of the Yen household's presence in the electoral district.
Though the opponent has deep political connections, local sentiment has visibly shifted in favor of Chen due to the DPP's campaign efforts, said Wang.
Greater Taichung, which marks the border of the pan-green south and pan-blue north, is traditionally tipped in favor of the KMT.