TAIPEI, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan's electoral authorities on Thursday launched the island's 2014 local elections, in which over 10,000 public officials will be elected on Nov. 29.
The island will for the first time concurrently elect seven levels of local government officials, ranging from mayors of the six municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taoyuan to village chiefs.
People from certain minority areas will also vote for their new leaders and delegates at the year-end elections.
According to the electoral authorities, a record high of 11,130 positions are up for election, making it not only one of the island's most important political activities since the 2012 leader election, but also its biggest local elections in history.
Registration of candidates will be carried out from Sept. 1 to 5, and over 15,600 polling places will be set up across the island on election day, the authorities said.