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2014 ELECTIONS: President Ma goes on last tour for KMT candidates

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who doubles as the chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), yesterday made final appeals on behalf of his parties’ candidates on the eve of today’s elections. Ma spent his day making his way from the country’s south to the north,FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: DPP alleges KMT complicit in vote-buying schemes

By Jason Pan

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has been accused of election fraud due to alleged vote-buying tactics aimed at the local business community as well as companies based in China. The KMT allegedly requested that members of these groups make the trip back home to voteFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Taichung candidates hold election-eve rallies

By Alison Hsiao

The election-eve campaigns of two Greater Taichung mayoral candidates separately attracted thousands of supporters yesterday, with each event featuring a “special guest” showing their support for the candidates, either in person or via video. Incumbent Taichung Mayor Jason Hu’s (胡志強) campaign featured President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九),FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Candidates in New Taipei City rally close by rivals

By Jason Pan

In the battle for New Taipei City, incumbent mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rode a motorcade across the city’s Jhonghe (中和) and Yonghe (永和) districts during the day, before wrapping up the night with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at aFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Smaller parties make their last appeals to voters in Taipei City

By Chen Yu-hsuan, Chou Ssu-yu and Jake Chung

Leaders of small opposition parties yesterday made final appeals for their candidates ahead of today’s nine-in-one elections. Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) joined the party’s Taipei city council candidates for last-minute canvassing, asking voters to consider the party’s candidates so that the pan-greenFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Internal party conflicts highlight ballot allocation woes

By Abraham Gerber

Internal party competition boiled to the surface yesterday when a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) city council candidate accused another KMT candidate of trying to steal her votes during the final day of campaigning. Ying Hsiao-wei (應曉薇) of the Zhongzheng/Wanhua (中正/萬華) electoral district accused Chung Hsiao-pingFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Academics see spike in politically active young

By Wu Po-hsuan and Jake Chung

The engagement of young people in politics has spiked in a continuance of a trend that originated during the Sunflower movement, academics said yesterday. They urged young people to be engaged in politics not only at demonstrations, but also at the community level and toFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Lien’s ads offer paternal advice to voters

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

In its latest bid to woo young voters, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) campaign team yesterday urged young people to “listen to their parents” on who to vote for today. The Lien campaign team placed advertisements in newspapers and on TVFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Students helped to return home to vote

By Chou Ssu-yu and Jake Chung

The Taiwan Citizens’ Union (TCU) and several university student associations have leased 47 buses to assist about 2,400 young people to return home and vote, Hsu Wei-ting (許韋婷), a youth organizer with the union, said yesterday. The union, along with student groups from National Taiwan University,FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Further science, industrial parks wasteful: author

By Sean Lin

There is an excess of “mausoleums” in the nation, and the establishment of more such facilities would only result in a waste of resources, artist and writer Yao Jui-jung (姚瑞中) said yesterday of promises that are often made by candidates during their campaigns to buildFULL STORY

El Nino to bring warm, dry winter, bureau says

By Shelley Shan

The nation is expected to have a warm and dry winter this year due to the El Nino effect, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Bureau weather forecast center director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) said that a weak El Nino effect is forecast to occur thisFULL STORY

Taipei ranks 13th in network index

Taipei was ranked 13th out of 40 cities globally in this year’s Networked Society City Index, which rates cities’ information and communications technology maturity and sustainable urban development. Taipei moved up one notch from 14th last year and ranked fifth-best in Asia behind Singapore, HongFULL STORY

Art exhibition aiming to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

A nationwide art exhibition, which is free to the public, has been installed in four cities to mark World AIDS Day on Monday and promote HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. A large-scale installation based on the popular online cartoonFULL STORY

Fluorescent lighting proposal touts cuts in electricity usage

By Abraham Gerber

Proposed regulations requiring the installation of fluorescent lighting could reduce Taipei’s electricity usage by 5 percent if adopted, the Taipei City Government Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday. The claim was made at the city’s annual electricity lottery which awards a series of prizes of upFULL STORY

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