Opposition parties disagree on presidential ticket selection plans
The Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People's Party (TPP) are criticizing each other for failing to reach a consensus on plans for a joint opposition ticket for January's presidential election.
The spat comes after KMT and TPP campaign officials held talks this past weekend aimed at exploring a possible electoral pact between the two parties as they seek to remove the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.
The TPP is pushing for a poll to see whether voters back either the KMT's Hou Yu-ih or its presidential candidate, Ko Wen-je to represent the two parties. The KMT is proposing an open primary to select the candidate. However, the TPP is rejecting that idea, saying an open primary could lead to "sampling bias" and arguing that if voter turnout is low there could be a "lack of representation" in the polling results.
Hou's campaign executive officer King Pu-tsung says further talks could resume today and he believes there is ample time for the two parties to explore collaboration.