Taiwanese local elections, 2009

Taiwanese local election, 2009

5 December 2009

Party Kuomintang Democratic Progressive
Popular vote 2,094,518 (County Magistrates
and City Mayors)
1,920,086 (County and City
1,865,159 (Township Chiefs)
1,982,914 (County Magistrates
and City Mayors)
1,067,010 (County and City
765,816 (Township Chiefs)
Percentage 47.88% (County Magistrates
and City Mayors)
43.94% (County and City
48.82% (Township Chiefs)
45.32% (County Magistrates
and City Mayors)
24.42% (County and City
20.04% (Township Chiefs)

The results of the county magistrates and city mayoral elections::
  Democratic Progressive Party
  Independent (Pan-blue coalition)
  Municipalities, Counties, and Cities that did not take part in this election.

The Taiwanese local elections of 2009, or more commonly known as the Taiwan three-in-one elections of 2009 (Chinese: 2009年臺灣年三合一選舉; pinyin: 2009 Nián Táiwān Nián Sān Hé Yī Xuǎnjǔ), was held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, to elect magistrates of counties, mayors of provincial cities, members of county and city councils, and heads of townships and county-administered cities. [1] The elections were not held in the special municipalities of Kaohsiung and Taipei as well as the counties and cities that were set to be reform as special municipalities in 2010, including Taipei County, Taichung County, Taichung City, Tainan County, Tainan City, or Kaohsiung County. The new formed municipalities has their elections in 2010.[2]

Election summaries

County Magistrates and City Mayors

In the elections held for the 17 posts of county magistrates and city mayors, the Kuomintang (KMT) won control of 12 Counties and Cities, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won control of 4 Counties, while the remaining county, Hualien, was won by an independent candidate.[2] The DPP won 1,982,914 votes, or 45.32 percent, which was a substantial increase from its 41.95 percent in the 2005 elections. On the other hand, the KMT received 2,094,518 votes, or 47.87 percent, which was less than the 50.96 percent it won in the 2005 elections of 23 county magistrates and city mayors.

The KMT's traditional strongholds of Northern Taiwan was maintained, although its complete dominance in Northern Taiwan, was terminated when DPP candidate won the Election for the Yilan County Magistrate by a large margin.[3] However, this north-eastern county was once a DPP stronghold for more than two decades until KMT incumbent Lu Kuo-hua, won power four years ago.[3] In Keelung City and Hsinchu City the KMT incumbent Mayors won by a considerable margin, although in Taoyuan County, the KMT candidate won by an unexpectedly narrow margin.[4] The fiercely contested position for Hsinchu County Magistrate, was eventually won by a KMT candidate who received 38% of the vote, whilst the DPP candidate garnered 31%, and an independent candidate received 30%.[4]

In Central Taiwan, all four of the incumbent Magistrates secured their second term. In the traditionally Pan-Blue stronghold of Miaoli County, the KMT incumbent Magistrate won his second term with a large margin of approximately 30% of the votes.[4] While in Changhua County and Nantou County, the KMT incumbent Magistrates both gained just over 50% of the votes, to secure their second terms.[4] In Yunlin County, the DPP incumbent Magistrate gained nearly twice the number of votes as her opposition KMT candidate to secure her second term.[4]

The DPP maintained its traditional strongholds of Southern Taiwan, winning both Chiayi County and Pingtung County by a great margin of 15% and 20% respectively.[4] The KMT incumbent Mayor of Chiayi City won her second term by an unexpectedly narrow margin of 8000 votes.[4] In Eastern Taiwan, the KMT's candidate for Taitung County Magistrate won the DPP's candidate by less 6000 votes, whilst Hualien County Magistrate was won by an Independent Candidate who gained more than twice the number of votes of his opposition KMT candidate. In the outlying islands, the incumbent Magistrate of Penghu County won the DPP's Candidate by less than 600 Votes, whilst in Kinmen County and Lienchiang County, the KMT Candidates gained respectively 38% and 57% of the vote to win both posts.

County and City Councilmen

The KMT maintained its unchallenged majority in the county and city councilmen elections, winning 289 seats of the 17 County and City Councils. The DPP won 128 seats, the Taiwan Solidarity Union won 3 seats, the People First Party won 1 seat and the Labor Party won 1 seat. The remaining 170 seats were won by independent candidates. The KMT won 43.94% of the votes, while the DPP won 24.42%.[4]

Township Chiefs

The KMT maintained its unchallenged majority in the township chiefs elections, winning 121 posts. The DPP won 34 posts, while the remaining 56 posts were won by independent candidates. The KMT won 48.82% of the votes, while the DPP won 20.04%.[4]


Taiwanese local elections, 2009
PartyCounty Magistrates and City MayorsCounty and City Council legislatorsTownship Chiefs
Kuomintang 2,094,51847.88%121,920,08643.94%2891,865,15948.82%121
Democratic Progressive Party 1,982,91445.32%41,067,01024.42%128765,81620.04%34
Taiwan Solidarity Union 27,2860.62%3
People First Party 5,7480.13%1
Labor Party 4,7360.11%1
Hakka Party 15,8070.36%0
Noble Savior Party 7,9660.21%0
Chinese Reunification Party 2,2570.06%0
Green Party 8430.02%0
Taiwan Nationalist Party 2080.00%0
Independent 281,6936.44%11,344,23230.76%1702,095,12828.00%56
Voter turnout63.34%63.39%64.11%

County Magistrates and City Mayors

Taiwanese county magistrates and city mayoral elections, 2009
County/CityWinning CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
Changhua County Cho Po-yuan Kuomintang 348,341 54.89%
Chiayi City Huang Min-hui Kuomintang 69,962 52.20%
Chiayi County Helen Chang Democratic Progressive Party 177,333 55.92%
Hsinchu City Hsu Ming-tsai Kuomintang 92,667 55.63%
Hsinchu County Chiu Ching-chun Kuomintang 97,151 38.49%
Hualien County Fu Kun-chi Independent [5] 85,532 56.37%
Keelung City Chang Tong-rong Kuomintang 86,001 55.11%
Kinmen County Li Wo-shi Kuomintang 14,269 37.28%
Lienchiang County Yang Sui-sheng Kuomintang 3,135 57.19%
Miaoli County Liu Cheng-hung Kuomintang 181,256 63.79%
Nantou County Lee Chao-ching Kuomintang 136,951 50.87%
Penghu County Wang Chien-fa Kuomintang 22,664 49.37%
Pingtung County Tsao Chi-hung Democratic Progressive Party 270,402 59.33%
Taitung County Justin Huang Kuomintang 56,354 52.59%
Taoyuan County John Wu Kuomintang 396,237 52.22%
Yilan County Lin Tsung-hsien Democratic Progressive Party 133,394 54.26%
Yunlin County Su Chih-fen Democratic Progressive Party 229,958 65.37%

County and City Councilmen

Taiwanese county and city councilmen elections, 2009
County/CityNo. of seats won by each party
Changhua County 26 14 0 14
Chiayi City 8 6 1 9
Chiayi County 10 16 0 11
Hsinchu City 12 7 14
Hsinchu County 23 2 1 9
Hualien County 25 5 3
Keelung City 20 9 0 1 2
Kinmen County 9 0 10
Lienchiang County 4 5
Miaoli County 20 4 14
Nantou County 15 5 17
Penghu County 10 2 0 7
Pingtung County 25 12 0 18
Taitung County 22 1 1 6
Taoyuan County 30 17 0 0 13
Yilan County 17 15 0 2
Yunlin County 13 13 1 16

Township Chiefs

Taiwanese township chiefs elections, 2009
CountyNo. of posts won by each party
Changhua County 15 2 9
Chiayi County 5 8 0 5
Hsinchu County 11 2
Hualien County 12 1 0
Kinmen County 6 0
Lienchiang County 4 0
Miaoli County 14 4
Nantou County 8 1 0 4
Penghu County 5 0 1
Pingtung County 12 10 11
Taitung County 14 2
Taoyuan County 7 2 4
Yilan County 6 4 2
Yunlin County 2 6 12

See also


  1. A Brief Introduction of Elections in Taiwan, Central Election Commission.
  2. 1 2 ELECTIONS: ANALYSIS: KMT’s lackluster performance seen as warning to Ma, Taipei Times, 6 December 2009.
  3. 1 2 KMT loses luster in local elections, Taiwan Today, 7 December 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Central Election Commission Election Database. (in Chinese)
  5. Fu was a member of Kuomintang. He ran as independent after lost the primary elections. He later expelled from the party.

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