Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-09-28 04:51 PM
The voter could use the December 2014 local elections to bring about change and end the chaos inflicted by President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Kuomintang, party chairman Su Tseng-chang said at the anniversary celebrations in Taichung.
The public had fixed its hopes on the DPP, especially since its local governments had produced positive results while the KMT had only created chaos and conflict at both the central and local level, Su said.
The Ma Administration’s efforts on power struggles and on eavesdropping had given the DPP an even heavier responsibility to change things, the opposition leader said.
He called on the public to take the opportunity of the next round of elections to send a message to the government that its rule could no longer be suffered. Su expressed the hope that the DPP could win the elections for mayors, county magistrates and councilors not just in the center but also in the north of Taiwan.
Looking back at 27 years of party history, Su thanked the people for helping the country move out of an era of White Terror and martial law and for giving the DPP so many chances.
The party also organized a four-day ‘democracy market’ which aimed at underlining the differences between DPP and KMT local governments, the chairman said. Development had almost halted or been hampered by corruption scandals in KMT-run regions, Su said, while the DPP offered a guarantee for efficient rule.
With more than a year left until the election, no party has officially announced candidates yet.
In Taipei, where KMT Mayor Hau Lung-bin ends his final term, the most prominent potential contender to succeed him is Sean Lien, the son of former Vice President Lien Chan, but he has still not announced whether he will run.
On the DPP side, prominent attorney Wellington Koo announced this week he was willing to run for the party’s nomination. His most likely rival for the opposition, National Taiwan University chief traumatologist Ko Wen-je, said he only still needed his father’s approval before eventually announcing a run.
In Taichung, incumbent mayor Jason Hu has not revealed yet whether he wants to run again, while several contenders have emerged for the DPP nomination, including former vice-presidential candidate Su Jia-chyuan, reports said.
The DPP incumbents in Kaohsiung and Tainan, Chen Chu and William Lai respectively, are expected to run for re-election.
The 2014 elections will be the last major test of public opinion before the 2016 presidential and legislative elections.