2020 Taiwanese general election

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The 2020 Taiwanese general election was held on 11 January 2020 to elect the 15th President and Vice President of Taiwan, and all 113 members of the 10th Legislative Yuan.

Presidential election[edit]

In the presidential election, voters elected the President and Vice President as a joint ticket. The process of presidential primary elections and nominations was held during the last six months of 2019.

Incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was elected in 2016, was eligible to seek for a second term. With 90% of the votes counted, Tsai Ing-wen was declared the victor, with 7.8 million votes.[1] She is scheduled to be inaugurated on 20 May 2020.

Legislative election[edit]

The legislative election was held on 11 January 2020 for all 113 seats to the Legislative Yuan. The term of the Legislative Yuan will begin on 1 February 2020.

In the last election in 2016, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a comfortable majority over the Kuomintang (KMT) for the first time with 68 seats, while the KMT's representation sharply dropped to only 35 seats.

In this 2020 Taiwanese legislative election, the DPP retained their majority in the legislature winning 61 seats, along with DPP's presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen reelected with a record breaking historical high vote count.

The newly established Taiwan People's Party received more than 5% of the popular vote in the party-list proportional representation category, winning 5 seats in the legislature and more critically the ability to directly nominate its own presidential candidate in the 2024 Taiwan presidential election, as opposite to needing petition from nearly 300,000 eligible voters (1.5% of total registered voters from the most recently held legislative election), which can be a costly and labor intensive process.

The People First Party did not win any seats in this election and because the party did not past the 5% hurdle in the proportional representation category, the party will not be able to directly nominate a presidential candidate in the next Taiwanese presidential election, which the People First Party was able to do in this and the previous presidential election in Taiwan.

Electoral interference[edit]

In December 2019 The Diplomat reported that the People’s Republic of China is actively engaged in political warfare efforts to influence and disrupt the 2020 general election.[2]

Self-proclaimed former Chinese spy William Wang, who defected to Australia, claimed that the Communist Party of China wants to stop Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen from being re-elected.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "La progresista Tsai Ing-Wen es reelecta presidenta de Taiwán" [Progressive Tsai Ing-Wen is reelected president of Taiwan]. Aristegui Noticias (in Spanish). Jan 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Hsiao, Russell. "CCP Influence Operations and Taiwan's 2020 Elections". magazine.thediplomat.com. The Diplomat. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Chinese spy confirms China's involvement in Taiwan 2020 election". Taiwan News. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.