In Taiwan, local elections which took place on Saturday (19 November), were marred by the worst outbreak of mass violence in twenty six years.
SV PREMIER CHIANG CHING-KUO CASTING HIS VOTE
SV PRESIDENT YEN CHIA-KAN AND HIS WIFE VOTING
SV TAIWAN CITIZENS VOTING (3 SHOTS)
SV AND GV CAMPAIGN VANS AND BANNERS IN STREETS OF TAIPEI
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Background: In Taiwan, local elections which took place on Saturday (19 November), were marred by the worst outbreak of mass violence in twenty six years.
A crowd of more than 10,000 people in the town of Chungli, 25 miles southwest of Taipei, overturned and set fire to eight police cars. One man was seriously injured in the melee, which was started after a dispute over a ballot paper.
In the election, the ruling Nationalist Party won crushing victories. Eight million people cast their votes to elect hundreds of city council members, mayors, magistrates and provincial assemblymen.
Chiang Ching-Kuo, Taiwan's Premier and son of Chiang Kai-Shek, cast his vote knowing that victory was a foregone conclusion. Two thirds of the contestants in the election were Nationalist Party candidates. Balloting was led by the country's President, Yen Chia-Kan, and his wife.
The Nationalist Party captured 77 per cent of the nearly 900 country council seats and ninety three per cent of the mayoral and magistrate positions up for grabs. Heavy voter turnouts were recorded throughout the country.
Campaigning for the elections in the final week built up to a feverish pitch, with loudspeakers mounted on vans blaring out propaganda and towns and cities festooned with posters. The two main opposition parties, the Young China Youth Party, and the Social Democratic Party, failed to gain the attention of the voters. Both parties were plagued by internal bickering.
The Nationalist Party have ruled Taiwan uninterruptedly since 1949.