The campaigning and voting for Taiwan Congress comes and goes.
01.12.2008 - 01.12.2008 69 °F
When I arrived in Taiwan it was about a week before election day for the Taiwanese version of Congress. Once the airport shuttle started driving into cities and towns, it was quite obvious. Banners lined all the streets and hung out of windows. Trucks plastered with candidates' faces drove by blaring slogans and music out of speakerphones. Banners, fine, but the noisy trucks I could do without. At my gramma's house, I could hear the trucks approaching and they would get louder and louder as I was either enjoying a quiet moment or trying to take a nap. They make sure that you hear their message quite clearly. It was so frequent I knew which candidate's truck was approaching by the faint background music.
Saturday was election day and on Friday long trains of trucks and cars would caravan through the streets with the candidates standing on the trucks and waving to people on the streets. As Friday evening came by, firecrackers could be heard. But the rule is that at 10pm on Friday, the campaigning has to stop. Thank God.
On Saturday, my dad and gramma went to vote and at night we saw the results. One party won overwhelmingly. Without getting too political, some people in the house were disappointed...