LDP presidential election Mr. Kan: More than 70% of Diet votes in local votes
The LDP presidential election, which will be held on the 14th of next week, has gained the upper hand, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan solidifying more than 70 percent of the votes cast in the Diet and spreading support in local votes allocated by three votes to 47 prefectural governments.
The LDP presidential election, which will replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be contested by a total of 535 votes: a 394-vote “parliamentahold vote” and a 141-vote “local vote” allocated three to 47 prefectural unions.
NHK has so far covered the situation of the Diet member’s vote, the confirmation of the intention of the person in question, the coverage around the legislator, and the local vote to the prefectural government through each broadcasting station in the whole country.
As a result, in the Diet vote, Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan has gained support from most of the Hosoda, Aso, Nikai, and Ishihara factions, as well as from many members of the Takeshita faction. Mr. Kan has also gathered support from the Tanigaki Group and non-factional lawmakers, solidifying more than 70% of the 394 votes in the Diet.
In response, Mr. Kishida, chairman of the Political Affairs Research Committee, has attracted support from some members of the Tanigaki Group and non-factions, in addition to the Kishida faction, which he leads.
In addition, former Secretary General Ishiba is supported by the Ishiba faction led by him, as well as members of the no-faction, Takeshita, and Tanigaki groups.
On the other hand, in order to determine where to vote for the three votes assigned to each prefectural association, 44 prefectural governments will hold primaries by party members and other members of the prefecture.
In addition, the Hokkaido ren and the Niigata Prefectural Assembly will conduct a survey of the intentions of the party members, and the Akita Prefectural Assembly will be decided in consultation with local elected diet members and prefectural legislators.
In NHK’s coverage of the situation, Mr. Kan has greatly expanded his support in many prefectures, including the adoption of a “total allocation method” in which all votes are allocated to the candidate with the most votes, and the prospect of winning three votes in local Kanagawa, Wakayama, and Yamaguchi prefectures.
In contrast, Mr. Ishiba is expected to win votes in many of the 36 prefectures that adopt the so-called “don’t system,” which distributes three votes according to the votes, such as expected to win three votes in the local Tottori Prefecture.
In addition, Mr. Kishida is expected to win local votes of lawmakers and members of factions who support Mr. Kishida, such as the prospect of winning three votes in the local Hiroshima Prefecture.
In this way, Mr. Kan has the upper hand in both the Diet member’s vote and the local vote in the situation coverage of NHK.
In preparation for the vote on the 14th of next week, each camp will strengthen its efforts to reach out to Diet members who have not clarified their attitudes, and to call on party members and other members of the party to support them by telephone.