The ruling Kuomintang party was swept back into power in Taiwan on Sunday (24 December).?
GV & SV People queue outside polling station (2 shots)
SV & CU People registering (2 shots)
SV People into polling booth
SV Votes being placed in ballot box
SV People registering votes (5 shots)
SV & GV Television cameras & result boards (3 shots)
Initials ESP/1739 ESP/1751
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The ruling Kuomintang party was swept back into power in Taiwan on Sunday (24 December). With returns from the elections still to come in from some remote areas, Kuomintang candidates have gained 38 of the 50 Assembly seats decides so far.
An estimated 70 per cent of Taiwan's 7.4 million eligible voters went to polls on Saturday (23 December). The elections were the first of their kind in 23 years.
A total of 293 candidates were vying for 53 seats in the Assembly, 36 in the Legislative Yuan and 73 in the provincial Assembly. Members elected to the Assembly will serve a six-year term and those in the Legislative Yuan, a three-year period.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Taiwan went to the polls on Saturday in the first elections for twenty-three years. More than 70 per cent of Taiwan's 7.4 million eligible voters cast their votes and swept the ruling Kuomintang party back into power.
A total of 293 candidates contested 53 seats in the Assembly, 36 seats in the Legislative Yuan and 73 in the Provincial Assembly. With returns from the election still expected from some remote areas, the Kuomintang candidates had won 38 of the 50 seats so far decided. Members elected to the Assembly will serve for six years and those in the Legislative Yuan, a three-year term.
There was wide television coverage of the election, the first of its kind since 1949.