VIDEO: Local election candidates draw ballot numbers


Local election season is in full swing in Taiwan. On November 26, voters will decide their next mayors, councilors, as well as village and borough chiefs. One of the necessary steps before the election is arranging the candidates’ names on the ballot. In Taiwan, this is done through a random draw.

Opposition KMT candidate for Kaohsiung mayor, Ko Chih-en (柯志恩), arrives at the scene surrounded by her entourage. The incumbent Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) arrives shortly after. They exchange polite greetings, because there’s nothing they can do to influence the outcome of what’s about to happen — the candidates are about to draw their future numbers on the ballot.

Ko ended up with number three, while Chen will run as the fourth name on the list. They concluded the event by wishing each other all the best.

In Taichung, DPP mayoral candidate Tsai Chi-Chang (蔡其昌) arrives at the designated spot at 8:30 in the morning, also surrounded by supporters. He gets number two, despite some confusion with the call-outs. His rival in the election, the incumbent Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) couldn’t make it due to her schedule, so her campaign manager steps in. She seems happy with the result — number three.

Similar scenes took place in other districts, like Taoyuan and Tainan. With the elections almost a month away, and with final formalities squared away, the candidates can now focus on winning voters’ trust.

Tomasz Koper, RTI News

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