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Year-end election campaign to roll September 1
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-31 08:30 PM
The Central Election Commission (CEC) has announced that it will accept applications for candidates between September 1 and September 5 for the massive 9-in-1 elections to be staged island-wide November 29. The 9-in-1 elections will select some 11,130 local public officials in what is being billed as the largest elections in the history of Taiwan.

The year-end elections will cover nine different levels of officials including municipal mayors, municipal city councilors, county magistrates and city mayors, county and city councilors, township heads, township representatives, aboriginal district heads, aboriginal representatives, and village leaders.

The list includes the leaders of six municipalities; 16 county and city heads; 907 municipality, county and city council members; 204 urban township mayors (including six heads of aboriginal districts); 2146 rural township chiefs and representatives; and 7851 village chiefs. The total number of positions to be filled is 11,130, a record number in the history of local elections in Taiwan.

The schedule as announced by CEC covers registration of candidates September 1 to September 5; allotment of places on ballots October 27; announcement of municipality mayoral election candidates November 13; and announcement of other candidates for elections in municipalities, counties, cities and townships on November 18. Voting begins at 8:00am November 29 and will conclude at 16:00pm..

Voters registered to vote in the six municipalities including Taipei City, Taoyuan City (Taoyuan County) and other municipalities, as well as Keelung City, Hsinchu City and Chiayi City, will be eligible to cast three votes including one for mayor and two for city councilors.

Voters with household registrations in Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Nantou County and other counties will be eligible to vote for county magistrates, county councilors, town mayors and township representatives, with a total of five votes. Those registered in Wulai District of New Taipei City and Fuhsing District in Taoyuan City will be able to cast votes for five positions including mayors and city councilors, district leaders and citizens’ representatives.

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