Unreliable data in primaryThe voting rate for the open primary of the United New Democratic Party may be the worst in the history of Korean politics. The voting rates on Sept. 15 showed 18.9 percent on Jeju Island and 18.2 percent in Ulsan. Yesterday in Gangwon and Chungbuk provinces the rates were barely over 20 percent. The 2002 Democratic Party primary which decided on Roh Moo-hyon as presidential candidate recorded voting rates of 85.2 percent and 71.4 percent on Jeju Island and in Ulsan, respectively. Now that the UNDP comprises most of the same members as the previous Democratic Party, it has experienced a miserable fall in just five years. The voting rate for the Grand National Party primary on Aug. 19 was 70.8 percent. Surely a simple comparison is difficult because the GNP primary had mostly party members and representatives for voters. Yet if the new party wanted to do a real vote, it should not have made a scene by calling a “national” primary to begin with. The extremely low voter rate is the stark reality that reveals the sham of the UNDP.
The UNDP reported to the National Election Commission that as of Sept. 10 it has gained a total of 1,457,000 people for the electoral college. The extravagant number underlined a lie that its primary is a national event that other parties can not match. Where are the boastful now? The UNDP excuses itself on the basis that the Shin Jeong-ah scandal drew the public’s attention, and that heavy rains did not help the primary, either. But if the electoral college was going to be stopped by Shin Jeong-ah and cannot even brave the rain, it cannot be called an electoral college.
Even when the party called the members of the electoral college during this campaign it came to realize that many of the telephone numbers were incorrect. Besides, the number of electoral college voters in Cheonbuk Province, where Chung Dong-young came from, makes up 14.2 percent of the electoral college. But this is nonsensically high compared to the actual population rate of Cheonbuk, which is 3.8 percent in proportion to the national population.
The UNDP also miscalculated the votes in the pre-primary and presented an incorrect result. Although it cannot manage the electoral college, it plans to introduce a mobile voting system via cell phones.
However, a person who votes via a cell phone might show his vote to another person, undermining the secrecy of voting.
How can a person who cannot even practice addition and subtraction proceed to multiplication?