We start with the 2016 general election,…
now just one day away. With polling stations set to open… at the
crack of dawn on Wednesday,… Korea’s political parties have a limited amount of time to get
undecided voters on their side. Kim Mok-yeon reports.
Voting for the 2016 general election will begin simultaneously at 13,837 polling stations
nationwide on Wednesday morning. Eligible voters will be able to cast their
ballots between 6 a.m and 6 p.m on election day.
The National Election Commission forecasts that the results could start coming in from
as early as 10 p.m in major districts and from midnight in closely-contested areas.
Three-hundred National Assembly lawmakers will be elected based on a parallel voting
system made up of 253 district representatives and 47 proportional representatives.
With time running out to sway the minds of undecided voters, the leaders of Korea’s political
parties are making one last push. The ruling Saenuri Party is campaigning under
the slogan ‘Work National Assembly From a Dormant National Assembly to a Working National
Assembly’. Ruling party officials have stressed the importance
of securing a majority in the assembly to successfully see out the current Park Geun-hye
administration, which will end late last year. The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea’s
campaign slogan is “The Problem Is the Economy. The Answer is to Vote”.
It has targeted up to 107 seats, saying it wants the public to hold the ruling party
responsible for the sluggish economy. The minor opposition People’s Party opted
for “The Problem Is Politics. It’s Now Time for No. 3 “.
Led by business tycoon-turned-politician Ahn Cheol-soo,.. the party has highlighted the
need for change, calling on the nation to judge both the ruling and main opposition
party. The People’s Party is aiming for 40 seats.
Given the relatively high early-voting rate,… the National Election Committee is forecasting
a turnout in the upper 50 percent range, although it does depend on variables such as the weather.
Forty-two-point-one million citizens are eligible to vote this year, up four-point-seven percent
from the last general election in 2012. Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.