Six members of the Kuomintang party who campaigned for the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen during the presidential election were expelled from the party on Thursday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

Tsai defeated KMT candidate Eric Chu in January, winning 60 percent of  the votes against Chu’s 30 percent.

Eric Chu.

The expelled members include two county councilors, two mayors and a village chief. They were expelled for violating party regulations.

Two other people had their memberships revoked for interference with voting and bribery in elections, and another was expelled for joining the Democratic Progressive Party.

Those who were expelled are not allowed to reapply for KMT membership for six years while those whose memberships were revoked are subject to a statutory ban of three years.

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Photo: Tsai Ing-wen, via Facebook.

In March, the KMT expelled 45 members, 31 of whom campaigned for Tsai, Apple Daily reported.

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Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.