Our top story this evening…
The two-day early voting period for the July 30th by-elections has just come to an end.
As of 5pm, an hour before the polling stations shut, voter turnout was at 7-point-3 percent.
The turnout in by-elections is typically low in Korea, but the National Election Commission
had said it expected the early voter turn-out to be around six percent.
Voters could cast their ballots in the 15 constituencies up for grabs without prior
registration. Korea’s rival parties are pressing ahead with
efforts to strengthen voter support. The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition
New Politics Alliance for Democracy have been focusing on districts in the capital and its
surrounding area as they are considered a barometer of public sentiment.
The polls carry extra weight this year because a total of 15 parliamentary seats are up for
grabs, the largest-ever number for a by-election.