The first direct election for the President of the Republic of China on Taiwan occurred on March 23, 1996. The previous eight ROC Presidential and Vice Presidential elections were by the octogenarian deputies of the National Assembly.
Incumbent Lee Teng-hui of the ruling Kuomintang won a major victory of 60% of the vote against Peng Ming-min of the Democratic Progressive Party and independent candidates Lin Yang-kang and Chen Lu-an.
|Presidential candidate||VP Candidate||Political affiliation||Votes cast||Percentage of vote|
|Lee Teng-hui(W)||Lien Chan||Kuomintang||5,813,699||54.0%|
|Peng Ming-min||Frank Hsieh||Democratic Progressive Party||2,274,586||21.1%|
|Lin Yang-kang||Hau Pei-tsun||Independent||1,603,790||14.9%|
|Chen Lu-an||Wang Ching-Feng||Independent||1,074,044||9.98%|