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Jul 10, 2008

DPP to negotiate for upcoming election candidates

The DPP will use internal negotiations, rather than a primary, to assign candidates in the upcoming mayoral and county commissioner elections.

The decision has had some mixed reviews, with Chai Trong-rong and some other legislators expressing concern this was going back toward a more authoritarian model for the party.

Supports of the decision like Yu Shyi-kun pointed out difficulty in getting qualified candidates to run for all seats, even those that are very unlikely DPP wins, as well as the potential for good candidates to group in one county or city and then run against each other even after primary results choose a DPP candidate.

There are also serious cost considerations.

The decision was passed by a large majority in the DPP central committee meeting.

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