Official election campaign period kicks off

Central Election Commission Chairman Lee Chin-yung announces rules of the election (CNA)

Taiwan will elect its next president and legislators in less than a month. The Central Election Commission has announced some of the rules for campaigning and what people can expect on Election Day.


The official 28-day campaign period for the presidential election began this past weekend and lasts until January 10, the day before the election.


On the ballot, the candidates will be: 1) the People First Party’s Chairman James Soong and former broadcasting mogul Sandra Yu; 2) for the Kuomintang, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu and former Premier Simon Chang; and 3) for the Democratic Progressive Party,  President Tsai Ing-wen and former Premier William Lai.


Central Election Commission Chairperson Lee Chin-yung said that campaign activities and media coverage must be between 7am-10pm. There’s a ban on announcing any election polls during the last ten days before the election and during the vote.


The commission is using social media for the first time this election and will announce the results on YouTube and Facebook first. The commission is also calling on news outlets to include the official CEC figures as they broadcast the results.

News Source:RTI
Editor:Natalie Tso