Gwangju Blog

Essentials with JD #377 **LOCAL ELECTION INFO**



Today is local election day here in Korea! According to estimates there are over 100,000 foreigners in Korea eligible to vote in these elections. If you are please head out and vote. Polls run from 6am till 6pm. Please do not forget to take your ARC with you.

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Here are some other highlights from the campaign over the past couple of days.

More than 8.6 million South Koreans cast ballots during the two-day early voting last Friday and Saturday for the June 13th local elections.

According to the National Election Committee, the turnout was the highest in Jeollanamdo Province with 31.73 percent and the lowest in the traditionally conservative city of Daegu with 16.43 percent. In the capital city of Seoul, 19.1 percent of voters were found to take part in the early voting.

The results from the elections are widely seen as an indicator of voter sentiment toward the incumbent leader, with recent polls showing that the ruling Democratic Party is taking a sizable lead in both elections on the back of strong public support for President Moon and his peace drive toward North Korea.

KBS, MBC, and SBS released the results of a joint poll, the last that can be disclosed to the public before Election Day. The poll commissioned by the three broadcasters surveyed about one-thousand men and women over the age of 19 in the cities and provinces for four days from last Saturday. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 to 3.5 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.

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According to the results, candidates from the ruling Democratic Party were leading in 14 cities and provinces. The main opposition Liberty Korea Party is seen winning only in its traditional strongholds of Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, while an independent candidate was in the lead on Jeju Island.

For the Gwangju mayoral election, Democratic candidate is expected to win 60.7% of the vote, miles ahead of runner-up Na Gyung-Chae of the Justice Party with 3 percent and Minjung Party candidate Yoon Min-ho with 2.5 percent.

In the battle for Seoul mayor, incumbent Park Won-soon, affiliated with the ruling party, received about 49.3 percent of support, while LKP candidate Kim Moon-soo and Ahn Cheol-soo from the Bareunmirae Party secured 13.6 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively.



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