So the main concern of South Koreans going into the polls tomorrow are jobs, welfare, education, and government accountability, not there conflict with North Korea. Public opinion polls have shown Moon Jae-in of the progressive Democratic Party to hold a comfortable lead, after a decade of conservative rule in the country. 26 percent of voters already cast their ballots in the two-day early voting period Thursday and Friday. The election commission expects the total turnout to be one of the highest in recent decades, exceeding 80 percent.
exit polls however were not allowed. Opinion polls, released right before a ban on releasing polls, all put Moon far ahead of his rivals. Moon is a lawyer who entered politics as an aide to the late President Roh Moo-hyun in the early 2000s. Since then, he has head the main opposition party and previously ran for the presidency in 2012. His main agenda is, a complete overhaul of the country, which he and his supporters see as being bogged down in “accumulated evils.” His plans include increasing transparency and addressing issues that have occurred during the two consecutive conservative administrations, such as the “undemocratic” decision-making process for the deployment of the US’ Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system. In all, 15 candidates entered the race, with some bowing out early on. Apart from Moon, there are four major players. Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party is the conservative front-runner, while Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party claims to be the champion of the centrists and is also a liberal. Both are close to 20 percent support in the polls. In the last batch of polls, Hong made notable rises in popularity and is now claiming he has surpassed Moon in support, and would come out victorious in the end on the back of quickly consolidating conservative votes. Yoo Seong-min of the minor conservative Bareun Party and Sim Sang-jeung of the Justice Party also remain, having seen their campaigns through to the end despite expectations that they would pull out. CLICK FOR LINKS #southkorea #southkoreanpresidentialelections #presidentialelection #northkorea #MoonJae-in #ParkGuenHye
SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS (Citied Sources )