Taipei, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuoyu confirmed Tuesday he is willing to be included in the KMT party process to nominate a candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
Despite saying he could not participate in the KMT primary under the current rules, because doing so would stop him from working for the residents of Kaohsiung, Han added he would respect any other arrangement introduced by the party.
Han made the remarks after a 50minute meeting with KMT Chairman Wu Denyih to discuss the primary process to select the party's presidential candidate.
Asked by reporters whether he will take part in a KMT primary debate, Han said he would respect any arrangement made by the party.
Asked whether he would allow the party to include his name in public opinion polls, Han said if the KMT can resolve the technical issues and come up with an arrangement to include him in the nomination process, whether by employing a national poll or other poll format, he would respect that decision.
However, the mayor declined to confirm whether he would accept being nominated as the party's presidential candidate if he wins the polls, saying the question was hypothetical because the party has yet to hammer out plans to select its candidate.
According to a recent consensus reached by the party, the primary will be exclusively based on opinion polls and the KMT has decided to include all current presidential hopefuls in its primary, including Han, former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu former Legislative Speaker Wang Jinpyng former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsiwei and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou
Meanwhile, Lee Chehua director of the KMT's Organizational Development Committee, said Tuesday that the party expects to approve special guidelines for the nomination of candidates on May 8 during a Central Standing Committee meeting and announce the nomination schedule on May 15.
National polls could be held around June and the party's candidate announced in July, Lee added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel