l Taiwan's Central Election Commission (CEC) decides last week to combine the upcoming presidential and legislative elections on the same day, now scheduled for January 14, 2012.
l It’s long been the position of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to hold the two elections on the same day since: (1) the improved economic performance and (2) progress in cross-Strait relations are believed to help the ruling party in mobilizing the grassroots.
l The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), on the other hand, has a different set of criteria when it comes to the same issue. The opposition will likely formulate its position based on: (1) who is the eventual presidential nominee for the opposition, and (2) how much of a boost to its legislative and presidential candidates if the two elections were held on the same day.
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