(Asahi: August 5, 2015 – p. 4)
The Japan Innovation Party decided at a senior executive meeting on August 4 to announce its presidential election on October 1 and hold a vote on November 1. It also adopted in-house rules on the presidential race. Under the new provisions, candidates are required to secure the endorsement of at least five parliamentarians and 30 local assembly members to run for president.
As of June 10, the party had about 320 local members, of which about 200 represent the six prefectures in the Kinki region.
The new rules set forth favorable conditions to local members close to Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Each parliamentarian, local assembly member, and party member will be equally allocated one vote in the presidential election.