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Overseas Koreans to test new

About 11,000 Koreans living overseas will take part in a mock election beginning Sunday, to prepare for Korea’s first overseas ballots for elections one and a half years from now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said yesterday.

The ministry said it will hold the trial election at 26 diplomatic posts in 21 countries on Sunday and Monday for the 11,000 Koreans selected for the test election.

Lessons learned from the mock vote, the ministry said, will help in making sure elections run smoothly for overseas Koreans who will be able to vote from afar beginning with the general election in April 2012.

In February 2009, the National Assembly passed a revision in election laws that granted overseas Koreans the right to vote in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Those granted the right to vote in domestic elections include Koreans aged 19 and older with permanent residency overseas, studying overseas or staying overseas temporarily.

There are about 3 million such Koreans.

By Moon Gwang-lip [joe@joongang.co.kr]
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