The 2016 Taiwan presidential and legislative elections have set a number of records. What's worth noting is the turnout rate of this election set a record low at 70% and it is also the first time a presidential candidate was replaced.
Spokesperson of the Appendectomy Project, Lin Zu-yi, stresses the "losing campaign" does not mean to discredit anyone, but just to present to the public how the legislators have done at congress, the records of their statement and their attitude towards all the issues. All of the materials are real, based on evidence and not rumors. There is no violation of the Election and Recall Act.
Chu will attend events held by the ethnic Chinese communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and the highlight will be in Washington DC, where Chu may make arrangements to enter the White House and State Department to meet officials in charge of Taiwan affairs. This will be the first time for a KMT chairman to enter the White House.
Chu says that the first goal is to maintain peace within cross-strait relations according to "One China, different interpretations" and the "1992 Consensus." The second is political reform. Chu thinks Taiwan the cabinet system suits Taiwan and the island should adopt its spirit. The operation of the Legislative Yuan should also be as simple as possible.
On October 17, the KMT held an extempore party congress at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. 891 party members participated and 812 were in favor of replacing the former KMT presidential candidate Hung Shiu-chu.
Hung Hsiu-chu says she will reflect on herself but also stresses that she will stick to the original ambition and commitment she held when she decided to run in the election. She will neither accept any give-and-take bargaining nor bow to any unreasonable power.
Tsai says that she hopes the KMT can face the facts and do not ignore the real calculation of the cost of nuclear power just to advocate the energy source. The KMT should note how much risk nuclear disaster might bring to the Taiwanese society because these are all unbearable for Taipower itself.
Legislator Lin Yu-fang suggests that KMT high-level leaders meet up and says, “You can argue, just don’t throw fists. Close the door and have a heart-to-heart. It’s okay to burst into tears.”
Ma's government ran the office inappropriately, which resulted in failure of democracy and accumulation of people’s complaints. This led to the outbreak of the Sunflower Movement. The difference between former president Lee Teng-hui and Ma is the latter was unable to guide the power of the people and resolve the issue.
The KMT receives 80 percent of its political contributions from enterprises, which is around NT$ 130 million (approximately US$ 3.99 million). The DPP relies mostly on individual donations, which stand 73 percent, around NT$ 180 million (approximately US$ 5.53 million).