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President Kim Urges Fair Elections

On March 27, President Kim Dae-jung said, "The government will make every effort to guarantee a free and fair election atmosphere so that all of Korea's people can make their choice without any interference." He went on to emphasize, "Let us make 2000 the starting year for fair elections."

President Kim made public a statement in connection with the public announcement of the 16th general elections. He expressed a firm resolution saying, "The government will stamp out all governmental intervention and, for all illegal election activities, bring charges from a neutral stance; this would include the distribution of money, mud-slinging accusations, and the promotion of regionalism. A clean election can only be achieved when the general public actively discourages any illegal actions and irregularities." Thus, he urged the Korean people to report illegal election activities to the authorities.

In addition, President Kim urged the public to vote by saying, "If you do not exercise your precious voting rights, it means that you give up on the opportunity to participate in national affairs and the opportunity to choose your future." He went on to say, "Please, do not be swayed by regional ties, blood ties, and financial power. Please cast your vote for policy and character."

by Kim Jin-kook

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