Taiwan legislative election, 1983

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The fifth supplementary elections for the Legislative Yuan were held in the Republic of China on 3 December 1983.[1]

Compared with the fourth supplementary election the number of new delegates to the Legislative Yuan had been increased by one from 97 to 98 due to an increase in population. Of these, 71 were to be elected directly representing Taiwan Province and the special municipalities of Taipei and Kaohsiung. The remaining 27 seats were to represent Mainland Chinese living on Taiwan. These delegates were appointed by the President after being advised by organizations representing the Mainland Chinese population on Taiwan. Due to attrition the number of members elected originally in 1948 had been reduced from 760 to 274, with an average age of 77.

Turnout for the supplementary election was 63,2%. Of the 71 directly elected delegates, 62 belonged to the Kuomintang and 9 were independents. Of these independents six belonged to the Tangwai. All chosen were born Taiwanese except for five, who were born on the Mainland or from parents from the Mainland.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Kuomintang 83 +4
Chinese Youth Party 2 0
China Democratic Socialist Party 1 New
Independents 12 –4
Invalid/blank votes 148,796
Total 6,981,160 100 98 +1
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p535 ISBN 0-19-924959-8

Further reading[edit]

Copper, John F. and George P. Chen (1984), Taiwan’s Elections. Political Development and Democratization in the Republic of China, [Baltimore, Md.], Occasional Papers/Reprints Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, no. 5-1984 (64), ISBN 0-942182-66-9