The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday retained its legislative majority, garnering 61 of the 113 seats, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) won 38 seats.
The Taiwan People’s Party, led by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), snatched five seats after gaining 11.2 percent of the party vote, while the New Power Party (NPP) won three seats with 7.8 percent of the party vote.
Despite the backing of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), the People First Party (PFP) failed to pass the 5 percent threshold of party votes and is to lose its representation at the Legislative Yuan.
Meanwhile, several incumbent legislators representing Taoyuan were ousted. KMT legislators Apollo Chen (陳學聖) and John Wu (吳志揚) failed to defend their seats, losing to independent legislative candidate Chao Chen-yu (趙正宇) and DPP legislative candidate Huang Shih-chieh (黃世杰) respectively.
KMT Taoyuan City Councilor Wan Mei-ling (萬美玲) defeated incumbent DPP Legislator Cheng Pao-ching (鄭寶清).
In Taichung, independent Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸), who had 90,213 votes, lost to former KMT legislator Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔), who had 91,182 votes, by a razor-thin margin following a drawn-out count.
After initially saying that she would request a recount, Hung said that she accepted the outcome.
The DPP had a complete sweep in Kaohsiung, where all eight of its candidates — Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩), Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉), Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳), Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺), Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃), Lee Kuen-tse (李昆澤), Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) and Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) — were elected.