Following DPP legislator He Zhiwei (pictured left), two incumbent legislators lost in the primary election yesterday, namely DPP legislator Liu Chaohao (middle) and KMT legislator Fei Hongtai (right).

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3 people have been defeated in the primary election of the party, and 9 people have announced that they will not run for re-election

[Reporter Yang Chengyu/Taipei Report] Voting will be held in the legislative elections in January next year, and the main political parties will start nomination work such as primary elections within the party.

Following DPP legislator He Zhiwei, two incumbent legislators lost in the primary election yesterday, namely DPP legislator Liu Chaohao and KMT legislator Fei Hongtai.

Of the 73 regional legislators in this session, three have been defeated in the party's primary elections, and nine have announced that they will not run for re-election.

The lineup of the next new Congress is bound to have a wave of changes.

Don't just look at voter services and vote for "big councilors"

In addition to three current legislators who lost the party's primary elections, nine of them have announced that they will not seek re-election. Among them, non-party Lin Changzuo (Zhongzheng, Wanhua, Beishi) gave up seeking re-election due to family health reasons.

Huang Guoshu, a non-party legislator in the sixth constituency of Zhongshi, decided not to seek re-election due to his involvement in the criminal case in his early years.

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For the Democratic Progressive Party, Liu Shifang (Zuoying, Nanzi, Kaohsiung City) withdrew due to health reasons; Cai Shiying (Keelung City) stated that he would focus on correcting doctoral dissertations and not running for the legislature; Chen Mingwen (Chiayi County Mountain) was Hand over the constituency to his son Chen Guanting to run for election.

Jiang Yongchang (Zhonghe, New Taipei City) did not register for the party primary election, and Yu Tian (Sanchong, New Taipei City) also announced that he would not run for the regional legislator.

On the Kuomintang side, Lin Weizhou (North District, Hsinchu County) expressed his support for former legislator Xu Xinying to take over, and Xu Zhirong (Mountain Area, Miaoli County) also said that he could retire if someone from the younger generation ran for the election.

Zhang Honglin, executive director of the Citizens Oversight Congress Alliance, said in an interview yesterday that it is normal for legislators to change positions. The Legislative Alliance hopes that voters will open their eyes to the professional performance of current legislators in the Legislative Yuan, including reviewing budgets, enacting laws, and supervising administrative agencies. Wait, don't just look at voter service and vote, and elect a "big councilor". The statutory duties of a councilor and a legislator are essentially different.

Zhang Honglin believes that competition within the party is a good thing, and it needs to be tested by voters in the general election.

However, he also pointed out that many county and city councilors have been in office for less than a year, and they have changed the course to challenge the legislators before half of their term.

If the challenges of these congressmen who have moved to battle are successful, it will lead to fewer congressmen and weaken the power of deliberations. This is not a good phenomenon in the process of democratic development.