Tsai makes final push for votes on eve of election

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) rallies for support in a final pre-election push.

On Saturday, January 11, Taiwan heads to the polls. In addition to filling legislative seats, voters here will also choose Taiwan’s president for the next four years.


President Tsai Ing-wen is seeking a second term in office, and has spent five days crossing Taiwan from south to north in a final push for votes. On Friday, she took to the streets of New Taipei on one of her final campaign stops. There, she took part in a street rally and held a press conference.


Tsai used the press conference to reach out to supporters worried by strong turnout at rallies organized by her chief rival, the KMT’s Han Kuo-yu. Some are particularly concerned after a Han rally held in Taipei Thursday, which the KMT says brought out one million Han supporters.


Tsai told her supporters that they should not doubt that their choice is the correct one, but that they should be careful not to underestimate their opponents. At the same time, she told her supporters that they should not hate their opponents, that both camps are family, and that they should go vote with feelings of love and unity.


Tsai also called on her supporters to rally their energy and make a final push for victory.


Tsai told anxious supporters to be sure to do three things: to return to the voting districts where they are registered, to appeal for more votes from others, and to go vote. Lastly, she invited supporters to gather for a final street event in Taipei Friday evening.

News Source:RTI
Editor:John Van Trieste