Zhunan by-election won by the younger brother of ousted chief Kang Shi-ju
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A former township chief in Miaoli County claimed victory yesterday after his brother won a by-election to take the local administrator post that he had been stripped of.
February 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“Victory; justice has been done,” supporters chanted as independent candidate Kang Shih-ming won a landslide in the Zhunan Township chief by-election.
His elder brother, former township chief Kang Shi-ju, said the victory reflects public opinion and serves as a warning to the central government against repeating the same mistake.
The elder brother was stripped of the Zhunan office late last year after the court handed down a final verdict annulling his election to that post.
He was first elected as the Zhunan chief during the last decade, and was then re-elected to a second consecutive term.
But he did not complete the second term when he was elected to the national Legislature in 2009.
His successor to the Zhunan post died in office in 2011. Kang then returned to take part in a by-election arranged to fill in the township chief post. He won.
But the court determined that it was his third consecutive term, which was against election law. Elected administrators, such as mayors and township chiefs, can only serve two consecutive terms.
His brother garnered 12,258 votes in the latest by-election, against Kuomintang rival Chen Pi-hua and Democratic Progressive Party contender Lee Chen-hua, who won 9,425 and 4,110 votes respectively.
There were more than 60,000 eligible voters in Zhunan, but turnout was only 43 percent.
The winner said his victory is recognition of the former chief's years of service in Zhunan. Celebrating supporters even urged the former township chief to run for the top administrator post of Miaoli County.