Taipei, The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is set to conduct opinion polls that will determine its official candidate for the 2020 presidential election in the second week of July, with the results expected to be announced on July 15, a KMT official said Thursday.
The KMT convened a meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss the polling process, Lee Chehua Director of the KMT Organizational Development Committee told reporters.
The five candidates competing for the party's nomination are Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuoyu Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsiwei and university professor Chang Yachung
The meeting was attended by representatives of the candidates, Lee said, adding that it was agreed the polls will be conducted by five polling institutions, including Taiwan Real Survey, TVBS and Shih Hsin University, with each collecting 3000 valid responses, Lee said.
Candidates will be allowed to observe the polling process, he said.
Respondents will be randomly called from 6:30 p.m. to to 9:30 p.m. July 814, with the results to be announced on July 15, Lee said, adding that the results will then be submitted to the Central Standing Committee and the KMT's national congress in late July for ratification.
The polls will include comparisons between KMT candidates and head to heads between KMT candidates and potential competitors outside the party, Lee said.
As to other protocols agreed for the polling period, Lee said candidates must not mislead the voters, do anything to affect the impartiality of the polls, solicit the support of voters through phone calls or leak the polling results.
Candidate who violates these rules face disqualification from the party's presidential primary.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel