Early voting for election sees record turnout

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Early voting for election sees record turnout

The two-day early voting period that kicked off Friday for the upcoming general election saw the highest voter turnout since 2013 with 12.2 percent, the National Election Commission said Saturday.

The national election watchdog said during the early voting period for Wednesday’s general election, 5.13 million out of the 42.1 million eligible voters cast their votes, the highest since 2013 when the country adopted the early voting system. In the local elections in 2014, early voting turnout was 11.5 percent.

Among the competitive electoral districts, the early voter turnout for Seoul Jongro (14.17 percent) and Daegu Suseong A (16.25 percent) were among the highest. And voter turnout for Gwangju Dong-Nam A (16.4 percent) and B (17.25 percent) were also high, as Moon Jae-in, former chairman of the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, visited both regions Friday.

Early voting was available at 3,511 polling stations nationwide from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Saenuri Party projected Sunday that it would win about 145 seats including proportional representatives in the 300-member legislature. The Minjoo Party said it would win 95 to 100 seats. The People’s Party said it expects to win 35 to 40 seats and the Justice Party expects seven to eight seats.

KIM SO-HEE [kim.sohee0905@joongang.co.kr]

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