DPP to open registration for party chairman election Monday
Central News Agency
2014-04-12 06:10 PM
Taipei, April 12 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will begin accepting applications on Monday for its election for party chairman next month, a party official said Saturday. Incumbent DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang and his predecessors, former Premier Frank Hsieh and the party's 2012 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen have expressed an interest in running for the post. The DPP's Department of Organization director Cheng Yun-peng said around 143,000 party members will be eligible to vote in the May 25 election, roughly 10,000 fewer than in the party's election for chairman two years ago, held just months after Tsai lost the presidential election and resigned from the post. The lower number, Cheng said, is the result of an amendment to party rules on voting rights passed in May 2013. The new rule requires people to have been party members at least two years to be eligible to vote in DPP elections, instead of the previous one year. The party tightened the requirement following a surge in the number of new member applications in April last year, which led to allegations that the new applicants were actually "proxies" who wanted to disrupt the proceedings. Apart from the party chairman, DPP members will also vote in the May 25 elections for representatives to the party's national party congress, its top decision making body. Both the chairman and party congress representatives have terms of two years. Registration for the elections will end at 5 p.m on April 18, the DPP said.

(By Justin Su and Kay Liu)

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