Koreans have been heading to the polls on
this Friday… as an early voting system that doesn’t require prior registration, has begun
for the first time in Korea’s local election history.
The new system has been adopted to help voters unable to cast their ballots next Wednesday,…
the actual Election Day. Our political correspondent Ji Myung-kil has
more. For the first time in Korea’s local election
history,… a two-day-long early voting period started this Friday.
Without prior registration, voters can cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Korea
time, if they are unable to make it on election day June 4th. “I won’t be able to vote on the actual day
of the election. So I think this early voting system is very convenient.” Voters are only required to show their resident
registration card to cast their ballot… at any of the more than 3-thousand 5-hundred
polling stations set up across the nation. Electronic devices located in every polling
booth recognize the barcode on the ID cards and take the fingerprints of voters.
For added convenience, smartphone users can download an application that provides information
on the locations of nationwide polling stations and the list of candidates in the local elections. “I think the early voting system is great
for busy people as it does not require prior registration and you can vote as soon as you
arrive without having to wait in a queue.” Officials from Korea’s National Election Commission
have been dispatched to each polling station to manage and monitor the voting process.
And for both days… the commission will release voter numbers and the turnouts for each province,
city and district. “Through the early voting system, the National
Election Commission expects the voter turnout this year to be higher than it was in the
previous local election in 2010. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.”