At stake in this election:
- 225 seats in the Legislative Yuan.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President CHEN Shui-bian
- Head of Government: Premier Frank HSIEH
- Assembly: Taiwan has a unicameral Legislative Yuan with 225 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
- In the Legislative Yuan, 176 members are elected by popular vote to serve 3-year terms and 49 members are selected .***
*** The remaining 49 members (8 ROC citizens who reside abroad and 41 in-country nationals) are selected by the political parties according to the proportion of nationwide votes received by each.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
- Leader: CHEN Shui-bian
- Party: Kuomintang Party (KMT)
- Leader: LIEN Chan
- Party: People's First Party (PFP)
- Leader: James SOONG
- Party: Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU)
- Leader: HUANG Chu-wen
- Party: Chinese New Party (CNP)
- Leader: HAU Lang-bin
- Party: Other
- Leader: N/A
Last Parliamentary election:
- Legislative Yuan elections were last held December 5, 1998.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 22,370,461 (July 2001 est.)
- Registered Voters: 15,822,684 ( 2001 )