Taipei-A 2020 presidential 'election' for college and high school students in Taiwan kicked off Thursday, in an effort to draw attention to the values and aspirations of the younger generation, according to the organizers.
The "mock election" will be held from 8:20 p.m. Thursday until 8:20 p.m. Dec. 29. The results will be made public Dec. 30 with analysis by Chen Tzu-chien (???), known on YouTube as "Retina," said Chen Yu-wei (???), director of the National Students' Union of Taiwan (NSUT), which organized the event.
During the three-day period, college and high school students with a valid student card can cast their ballot for Taiwan's next president and legislators on the Facebook fan page of NSUT and the Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare.
According to Chen, NSTU sent a questionnaire early this month to the three presidential contenders to explore their positions on national sovereignty, marriage equality, labor rights, energy policy, housing justice and Hong Kong's protests against a controversial extradition bill among other major issues.
So far, Han Kuo-yu (???), Kaohsiung mayor and the candidate of the major opposition Kuomintang, and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (???) have sent back their replies, Chen said, urging President Tsai Ing-wen (???) to respond swiftly.
However, the vote is set to go ahead whether all three presidential candidates answer the questions or not.
Yeh Ta-hua (???), secretary general of the youth rights alliance, said more than 10,000 students voted in similar "mock elections" in 2014 and 2016, with the 2014 outcome corresponding to the real world local government election results in the six major municipalities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel