Sean Lien wins KMT's primary for Taipei mayoral election (update 2)
Central News Agency
2014-04-19 09:44 PM
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Sean Lien, the son of former Vice President Lien Chan, won the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) primary on Saturday to emerge as the party's candidate for the mayoral election in Taipei in November. The 44-year-old rising political star beat 59-year-old veteran lawmaker Ting Shou-chung and city councilor Chung Hsiao-ping in the primary to become the KMT's candidate. Lawmaker Tsai Cheng-yuan withdrew from the race Thursday and urged his supporters to vote for Lien instead. Sean Lien, a KMT central committee member, garnered 10,647 of the 15,758 votes cast, while Ting gained 4,765 votes, Tsai 148, and Chung 107. The primary process comprises the voting result (30 percent) and an opinion poll (70 percent) that was conducted earlier this week and was released right after the ballot result. Sean Lien also enjoyed a comfortable lead in the opinion poll with 48.19 percent, followed by Ting with 35.02 percent, Tsai 10.34 percent and Chung 6.45 percent, according to the KMT, which commissioned two polling companies to conduct the survey. The combined results will be sent to the party's central standing committee April 23 for approval. After winning the primary, Lien expressed gratitude for the support of the voters, which he said gives him a chance to serve the public. "If I'm elected, I won't let down those who voted for me," he told reporters at his campaign headquarters, adding that he will also remember his motive of serving all citizens. In light of Saturday's low turnout rate of only 40 percent of party members, the candidate also urged the KMT to unite to overcome any future obstacles. He said he will review the errors he made over the past two months, ask for Ting's advice and take his platform into consideration, and make every effort to create a better environment in the city. Meanwhile, Ting congratulated Lien on his win, vowing to "fully support" him in the mayoral race. "The KMT needs to unite in order to maximize its strength," he said. Asked whether he would seek to become a legislator in 2016, Ting said he is determined to serve the public and will continue his commitment to the city. Sean Lien will be seeking to succeed the KMT's Hau Lung-bin, who is approaching the end of his second four-year term and ineligible to stand for reelection under Taiwan's term limits. Meanwhile, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) nomination process is expected to last until mid-June. Over the past 20 years, Taipei City has elected a KMT mayor in every poll except in 1994, when the DPP's candidate Chen Shui-bian won in a three-way race. (By Tammy Huang and James Lee)
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