At least three people were sent to hospital after consuming the detergent in Taiwan, the news agency reported AP.
Regarding the upcoming presidential elections, electoral materials were distributed in the form of bags filled with free samples.
Among the information booklets and wet wipes, there were also large, colorful capsules containing pre-dosed detergents.
Many people thought this was candy.
I went door to door
It was representatives of presidential candidate Ho Yu-A who went door to door and distributed the bags containing a total of 460,000 detergent capsules.
Shortly afterwards, the three people – including an 86-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man – were admitted to hospital.
All three had to be pumped out.
One victim said she thought the colorful capsules were candy, according to the Associated Press.
Hou Yu-er represents the Nationalist Kuomintang, and the head of the party's offices in Taiwan, Hong Jung Chang, regrets the whole thing.
“Next time we go door-to-door, we won't be distributing this kind of campaign material,” he says.
Moreover, he says the party will also warn citizens to prevent something like this from happening again.
– We will assure the people that it is a detergent and not a candy, he says.
It's Saturday, January 13, and the people of Taiwan go to the polls.
Current President Tsai Ing-wen cannot be re-elected, as she has served two terms.
The choice is mainly made between Hou Yu-ih and his arch-rival Lai Ching-te.
The latter is the vice president of the current president's party, the People's Democratic Party, which has ruled the country since 2016.
Increased military activity
The presidential elections in Taiwan will be held on January 13 at a time when relations between Beijing and Taipei are experiencing extreme tension.
China has recently increased its military activity in the Taiwan Strait to assert its sovereignty over the island.
China considers Taiwan its “sacred territory” and has never refused to use force to bring the island nation under Chinese control, according to NTB.
– Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year's speech just two weeks before the elections that the reunification of the motherland is historically inevitable.
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