DPP shifting into high gear up for year-end elections
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-24 08:56 PM
With the number of days until Taiwan’s year-end elections now in double digits, campaigning and election-related events are starting to pick up. DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen was in Hsinchu Sunday to lend support to Green candidates there, and will travel to Taichung next week for the first round of a series of "Citizens Economic Conferences" aimed at demonstrating the Green Camp’s seriousness about generating a comeback for the island’s economy.

The first stop Sunday in Hsinchu focused on the theme of "Setting Out – Local Governments and Change in Taiwan.” The series of rallies to follow will look at elections in the island’s directly governed municipal areas with large gatherings and activities designed to create enthusiasm for the party and its aims.

The DPP sounded the horn Sunday for party members across Taiwan. Hsinchu’s kick-off presentation will be followed by many other rallies across the length and breadth of the island. The rallies will include parades and banner-waving to attract large crowds to each appointed site.

The umbrella theme for the 2014 election is "Full Ahead Green, Turning around the Future," with four planned local rallies centered on inexpensive energy and green government; stress-free green life; new green industries; and intelligent green cities.

The DPP stresses that the emphasis on Green in the upcoming campaign is not designed to put down the Blues, but rather to present a strong, unified vision for governing the island and build enthusiasm for capturing the elections.

In addition to the flag rallies, the party is also organizing a "Citizens Economic Conference" in Taichung August 29. This conference will play up the readiness of DPP members to roll up their sleeves and get down to work, setting the pace for the next stage of development in Taiwan and looking for new ways to the future.

DPP spokesperson Hsu Chia-ching points out that the initial conference on the national economy will take place in Central Taiwan to show that the party is anxious to involve all of Taiwan in its election events and its efforts to re-invigorate the economy of Taiwan. Next week the citizens economic conference in Taichung will also plant the flag for the party and its campaigns in activities centered on elections and the future of the island.

Tsai Ing-wen notes that the party anniversary event originally set for September 28 will still be held as scheduled. As Kaohsiung is still in the recovery stage following the gas explosions of July 31, however, the party will tone down on the celebratory tone of the activities and shift more to warm, flexible, small-scale activities held in conjunction with civic groups to express concern for people in cities and counties across the island who are going through difficult times.

DPP candidates have been decided upon in all the major races except for Hualien County, Hsinchu County and the two offshore island areas of Kinmen and Matsu. The Central Executive Council will take a final look at local election variables in these four counties before submitting a final list of candidates for approval by the Central Standing Committee.

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