Underwhelming poll win stirs displeasure in KMT
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chair Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said yesterday that the ruling party is not happy with the results of the recent legislator by-election in Taichung, despite KMT candidate Yen Kuan-heng's (顏寬恒) victory.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
On Saturday, Yen narrowly won the race over opposition candidate Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱) with 1,138 votes — less than a 1-percent margin.
Although the KMT won the election, it is not happy with the number of votes it garnered, and it will strive for improvement, Tseng said.
The ruling party held a routine meeting yesterday and gave a report on the by-election.
According to local reports, Tseng said that the race was important, because the Democratic Progressive Party had defined it as an anti-President Ma Ying-jeou indicator.
Tseng reportedly added that the administration needs to continue on the path of reform, and that the ruling party needs to cultivate more grassroots support.
Although unhappy with election results, Tseng thanked campaign members for their hard work.
According to local reports, a KMT official said that the results were a reflection of the DPP's campaign to create public dissatisfaction over the nation's economy.
Yen's father, Yen Chin-piao (顏清標), reportedly called Tseng in person to thank Ma, who doubles as KMT chairman, and the party headquarters for their help in the by-election.
The by-election was held due to Yen Chin-piao's removal from the Legislative Yuan over graft charges.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said yesterday that he did not know for sure if there was a low turnout among civil servants, public school teachers and military personnel in the Taichung by-election.
Local reports claimed recently that a low civil servant turnout was one of the main reasons behind Yen's less-than-satisfactory results.