Poll open in Taiwan

Taiwan go to the polls to vote in a presidential election, does not allow absentee voting, so more than 5,000 overseas Taiwanese voters have registered to visit their home county to cast their ballot in Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections.

This is seen by International media as crucial for the future of Taiwan’s democracy.

Taiwan general election has begun at 8am on Saturday. Citizens will vote for the island nation’s next president likely to be either the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen or the Kuomintang’s Han Kuo-yu – and legislators.

Taiwan, polls opened today for a presidential and parliamentary election where the island’s fraught relationship with China is taking centre stage. Long queues in Taipei as Taiwanese cast key votes that will set the island’s future course with political rival China

The vote will send ripples far beyond its borders with the two main candidates laying out very different visions for Taiwan’s future. Election stations opened their doors nationwide at 8 am and will close eight hours later. Initial results are expected today evening

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