South Korea is holding 2-day early voting for the June 13th local elections and parliamentary by-elections from Friday. This year over 100,000 foreign nationals are eligible to vote in these elections.
Eligible voters can cast ballots at 3,512 polling stations nationwide from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday.
There are 95 polling stations prepared in Gwangju and 297 in Jeollanamdo.
Those who wish to cast their vote early must bring an identification certificate such as resident registration card, driver’s license or other government issued identifications.
Up for grabs in the quadrennial local elections are 17 chiefs of provinces and metropolises, 226 heads of smaller administrative units, 824 seats in provincial and metropolitan assemblies, 2,927 lower-level local councilors and 17 superintendents of education.
Parliamentary by-elections will also be conducted in 12 districts nationwide. It marks the first time that the two elections will be held simultaneously.
The ruling Democratic Party stands at an advantage as it enjoys a high approval rate on the back of optimism about rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula following Moon’s summit with the North’ Korean leader in late April.
In Gwangju and Jeonnam, a total of 229 and 741 candidates have registered respectively. Among them, candidates from the ruling Democratic party dominated the region occupying 41.6% in Gwangju and 44.2% in Jeonnam.
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