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Election lessons for government and the DPP

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) resounding defeat in Saturday’s nine-in-one elections should jar it into heeding the following warning signs:

First, the BBC’s Chinese-language Web site hit the nail on the head when it said that Taiwanese elections are turning into variety shows.

With a malicious neighbor like China, how can Taiwan let its elections sink to the level of entertainment?


DPP needs to change its tune

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was left bruised and battered by Saturday’s local elections, losing more than half of the positions it held, including two special municipalities.

The DPP is left with only six of the nation’s 22 cities, counties and municipalities — a drastic decline in local power by any measure.


Analyzing the DPP election debacle

The dramatic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) defeat in Saturday’s local elections has surprised everyone on both sides of politics. The elections were very much a chance for the electorate to evaluate the DPP central government and voters found the government wanting.

The massive Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) defeats in the local elections in 2014 and the presidential and legislative elections of 2016 have not been reversed because the KMT has failed to reform itself.


Vote to protect nation’s democracy

Today the nation goes to the polls as voters will be casting ballots not just for the nine-in-one local elections, but also in a record number of 10 referendums. However, the elections are unique for another reason: China’s nefarious influence looms large as it brazenly interferes behind the scenes in Taiwan’s democratic affairs.

Beijing’s antics have not gone unnoticed by the international community, and its actions have compelled the US and Japanese governments to voice concern.


2018 ELECTIONS: Campaigners say CTOC represents China’s interests

Team Taiwan Campaign members protest outside the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee’s office at the Sports Administration building in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Advocates of changing the national sports team’s name yesterday accused the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) of working for China instead of upholding the rights of Taiwanese, and called on the public to vote “yes” on referendum No. 13 so athletes can compete under the name “Taiwan” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


2018 ELECTIONS: Taipower workers breach neutrality

A screenshot yesterday shows an internal Taiwan Power Co Web site urging employees to support a referendum tomorrow on canceling the government’s policy to phase out nuclear power.
Photo: Copy by Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

An internal Web site of state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) has posted a notice urging employees to support a referendum to cancel a government policy to phase out nuclear power, apparently breaching laws on government neutrality, New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday.

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