The chairman of Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang, Wu Poh-hsiung, said yesterday he would quit if the party failed to stop the ruling Democratic Progressive Party securing 50 seats in tomorrow's legislative elections. Mr Wu's promise followed a call by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, who is also DPP chairman, for its supporters to send at least 50 candidates to the 113-seat legislature. Mr Chen said if that happened, DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh Chang-ting would be able to rally support from other non-KMT members to form a majority in the island's legislature. Analysts predict the KMT will win a majority, although new electoral arrangements make the extent of any victory uncertain, with some hotly contested constituencies likely to be decided by just a few hundred votes. The KMT chairman told a press conference in Taipei attended by other party heavyweights that he believed Mr Chen was confident of meeting the goal. 'But given that he's so corrupt and incompetent in his rule, which has cost the people so much hardship, if he can still meet this target, then not only does it show that Taiwan is without justice and cannot distinguish between right and wrong, it also shows that the Kuomintang hasn't done enough work,' he said. 'If Chen Shui-bian's target is achieved, I would shoulder the responsibility and resign from the party chairmanship.' Mr Wu also accused the Central Election Commission of becoming a directly controlled tool of the president by introducing a voting method that was set to cause confusion and chaos on election day, and urged KMT supporters to show restraint should any dispute arise to prevent the president from calling a halt to the election. The Chen administration has insisted on a one-step voting method in which voters will cast ballots for the legislative elections and voting papers for two referendums at the same time, an arrangement which has been criticised by the opposition, with many warning that disputes over the validity of votes are likely. The KMT's honorary chairman, Lien Chan, called on supporters to stay alert to various 'dirty tricks' by the DPP in canvassing votes. KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou, who joined the press conference via a televised link from Taichung, where he was canvassing votes for candidates, said the only hope for Taiwan was to replace the ruling party with the KMT. While Mr Chen and fellow DPP heavyweights have repeatedly said in public that they hope to win 50 seats, many party members secretly hold little hope for such a target. Tamkang University political analyst Chang Wu-ueh said: 'Unless there is a miracle, the party stands nearly no chance of winning 50 seats. In fact, the DPP has set the target at 45 seats. So they consider themselves as winning the battle if they can net 45 seats.' National Taiwan University political science professor Chang Ling-chen said she expected the KMT would win about 60 seats in the legislature and the DPP 40, with a maximum 45. Pundits have predicted that the KMT may get 65 to 70 seats, while some Taiwanese media have quoted DPP sources as saying the ruling party may only win 35 seats. Professor Chang Ling-chen said the election outcome not only hinged on the result of a few hotly contested constituencies in which the DPP and KMT were neck and neck, but also on the ability of smaller parties to survive in the new electoral system, which has cut the size of the legislature from 225 seats to 113.