Opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) candidate Wei Chia-hsien (???) on Saturday declared victory in the Hualien mayoral by-election race before the final tally was announced.
Wei announced his win against his main rival Chang Mei-hui (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The election has been closely watched by many as it was the first major election in Taiwan after President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office in May.
Chang is the wife of former DPP Hualien Mayor Tien Chih-hsuan (???), who died of lung cancer on May 29. The by-election is being held to fill the opening left by Tien's death.
Source: Focus Taiwan