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Ku pushes DPP candidate selection plan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Potential pan-green candidate for Taipei Mayor Wellington Ku (顧立雄) yesterday submitted to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a means of choosing a final candidate yesterday as many others are eager for the position as well.

The DPP had yet to decide its candidate for Taipei City Mayor, due to the fact that the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) had not produced a nominee. Aside from Ku, former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and National Taiwan University Hospital physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) have both expressed a desire to run for Taipei Mayor.

Ku proposed a “three-stage integration system” to the DPP, suggesting that the party should conduct a survey of party members before the end of March, and then hold both a public survey and candidate debates after the DPP holds elections for party chairman.

Another factor that could be holding up the DPP's selection could be Ko's delay in deciding whether he will run for mayor as a DPP candidate, as party rules state that a candidate must have been a member for at least two years. Ku's suggestion was meant to be a solution for the situation.

A DPP member himself, Ku said that since the party is planning to release application forms for all aspirants in late March, he hoped that it would nominate one party member before then and have the chosen member hold three debates with “aspirants who are not party members” after the new party chairman is elected.

A public survey after the debates would ultimately determine the final mayoral candidate, said Ku. “The DPP should not be clouded by a sense of failure, it should be confident in order to win more support and approval.”

While Ko said he is indifferent to Ku's proposal and would leave the choice to the DPP, Lu held a press conference yesterday to voice her strong opposition.

“I insist that the original procedures shouldn't be changed. I am willing to talk with Ko, Ku is welcome if he wishes to join us. The debates should come first,” said Lu.

DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said that party Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) would be meeting all the aspirants soon.

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