Taiwan approves candidates for presidential elections

DPP Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen and her running-mate Chen Chien-jen.
DPP Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen and her running-mate Chen Chien-jen.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI - Taiwan's election commission approved and announced the three pairs of candidates running for the island's presidential election next year, reported China's Xinhua news agency on Friday (Dec 18).

Eric Chu and his running mate Wang Ju-hsuan will represent the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen, who is currently leading in opinion polls, will run with Chen Chien-je, who was the island's former health minister.

James Soong of the People First Part will also run with Hsu Hsin-ying.

The commission added that the election campaign will kick off on Saturday (Dec 19) and last till Jan. 15 next year.

Taiwan residents will also be electing legislators on the same day as the presidential election, which will take place on Jan 16.

Candidates are also expected to participate in four television debates.