The Central Election Commission (CEC) convened a Commission Meeting on August 15, 2017 to pass the constituency alternation for the next municipality, county/city council election. The municipalities and county involved were Tainan City, Taichung City, and Taitung County.
In order to achieve a better balance between the constituencies with regards to size and population, the existing 18 constituencies in Tainan city were merged into 13 instead. This mergence would not only ensure a more effective representation of the people in Tainan, but also promote women’s participation in politics. According to the law, there must be one reserved seat for women for every four candidates elected in each constituency; consequently, a larger number of candidates elected in each constituency would also mean more reserved seats for women.
On the other hand, due to factors such as geographical environment, population distribution, and assurance of balanced development between ethnic groups, both Taichung’s 16th constituency (high land indigenous constituency) and Taitung’s 8th constituency (low land indigenous constituency) were divided into two smaller constituencies each with a seat allocated to all the newly formed constituencies.Pursuant to the Public Officer Election and Recall Act, the CEC will announce these alternations before Dec 24, 2017.