Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)–Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has secured support from 14 Democratic Party prefectural chapters in the party’s presidential race, against 10 for his sole opponent, Yukio Edano, a Jiji Press survey showed Saturday.
In the survey, conducted on prefectural chapter executives for five days through Friday, however, nearly half, or 23 chapters, of the main opposition party’s regional chapters in the country’s 47 prefectures did not say who to vote for in the election.
With so many chapters still undecided, the battle between Maehara, 55, and Edano, a 53-year-old former chief cabinet secretary, is expected to heat up, given the heavy weight of regional votes.
In the election, votes from the party’s 1,500 local assembly members and 230,000 party supporters and members across the country account for 440 of the total 851 points. The remainder is allocated to the party’s Diet members and people set to be fielded as national election candidates.
Maehara is leading Edano also in support from DP lawmakers. About 80 of the party’s 142 Diet members have indicated their support for Maehara.