Hou Yu-ih wins KMT primary for New Taipei mayoral election

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Hou Yu-ih (???), the former deputy mayor of New Taipei, has won the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) primary to become the party's candidate for the mayoral election in New Taipei on Nov. 24, the KMT announced Friday.

The primary consisted of opinion polls conducted by three different polling companies.

Hou, who resigned as deputy mayor in February to concentrate on the mayoral election, finished at the top of the polls, followed by former Taipei County Magistrate Chou Hsi-wei (???) in second place and former New Taipei City Councilor King Chieh-shou (???) in third.

The KMT did not release any polling data, citing "party unity."

An unnamed KMT figure revealed, however, that Hou finished ahead of Chou by 15-20 percentage points, and was also ahead of a potential Democratic Progressive Party opponent, Su Tseng-chang (???), by around 20 percentage points.

The KMT Central Standing Committee is expected to confirm the nomination of Hou as early as April 11.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel