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Taiwan holds national election today (Jan 11), winners to be known tonight at 10pm

Tsai Ing-wen, Han Kuo-yu and James Soong are vying for the 2020 presidency in Taiwan as the national election of the country begins. Over 13 million Taiwanese are expected to cast their votes for president and legislators.

Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and full results are expected to be known by 10 p.m.

President Tsai of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is seeking a second term. Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han, is the current mayor of the city of Kaohsoung. Soong, People First Party Chairman, is a former KMT secretary-general from 1989- 1993.

The votes for president will be counted first, followed by the votes for district or indigenous legislators and finally the political party votes, according to Central Election Commission (CEC).

Of the total number of voters, 13.37 million, or 69 percent, are registered in Taiwan's six major areas namely Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, the CEC said.


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