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Election of Councilors

ELECTION QUOTA OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

There are about 2.62 million residents in Taipei City, among which about 14,000 are indigenous Taiwanese . In the election held in November 2014, 63 councilors were elected to the Twelfth Council of Taipei from 6 regional electoral districts and 2 indigenous electoral districts. For the indigenous population, 2 councilors were elected respectively from lowland and highland districts.

SEATS RESERVED FOR WOMEN COUNCILORS

According to the municipal regulations, 1 out of every 4 seats in an electoral district is reserved for a female council member, and an additional seat is reserved if the total seats for an electoral district are increased by 4. Since there are 21 women councilors in this (Twelfth ) term with more than 1 woman elected in each electoral district, no women councilors were elected  in the name of the statutory quota.

TENURE OF TERMS

Taipei City Councilors are elected once every four years, and may serve multiple terms if reelected. Newly elected council members are inaugurated on the following day after the termination of the previous term. The Twelfth Council was inaugurated on December 25, 2014 and the term will terminate on December 24, 2018.

SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTIONS

If more than thirty percent of council members on the floor or more than one-half within the same precinct leave the position due to resignation, termination of employment, or death, a supplementary election will be held. If the remaining time of the term is less than two years or the vacancies are less than half of the total seats, no supplementary election will be held.
 

SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER'S ELECTIONS

On the day of  inauguration, both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are elected out of the council members in a secret voting procedure. The election is determined by a simple majority of the members present. Ms. Bi-chu Wu and Mr. Chin-hsiang Chen were elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively for the Twelfth  City Council of Taipei.