Taipei, Following the ouster of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) by a recall vote Saturday, Kaohsiung is expected to hold an election to choose a new mayor by Sept. 12, according to a plan from the Central Election Commission (CEC).
The CEC’s plan is based on the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, which requires the commission to make a public announcement on the result of the recall vote within seven days of the vote being held, at which time Han will be officially removed from his position.
The CEC also cited the Local Government Act as a basis for the plan, which indicates that after a mayor is stripped of his/her position, the commission is required to hold an election within three months to pick a new mayor, if the recalled incumbent has not served half of his four year term in office, as with Han.
In other words, Han will be officially removed on June 12, and Kaohsiung is expected to hold a new election on Sept. 12 at the latest, according to the CEC’s plan.
Han was ousted by a recall vote in which 939,090 Kaohsiung voters cast a yes ballot, much higher than the 574,996 required, the legal threshold representing 25 percent of Kaohsiung’s eligible voters, with a turnout of 42.14 percent.
If Han had served more than two years in office, the Executive Yuan would have appointed an acting mayor to serve in his place until the end of his terms and a new election, the law says.
Han will not be allowed to run in a mayoral election in Kaohsiung for four years after his removal.
He is the first local government leader and the first special municipality chief to be recalled in Taiwan.
Han, a former lawmaker from New Taipei, arrived in Kaohsiung in September 2017 to lead the local branch of Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) ahead of the local elections in November 2018.
He assumed office on Dec. 25, 2018, winning 53.8 percent of the votes in the Kaohsiung mayoral election that year, a shock victory that removed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power in the city after almost 20 years in charge.
However, his decision to launch an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the presidency just 10 months after taking office led local activist groups such as WeCare Kaohsiung, launched by Aaron Yin (尹立), former DPP head of the city cultural bureau, to campaign for his removal.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel