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Parliamentary candidates launch official campaigning

All Headlines 00:00 March 31, 2016

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Candidates for the next month's parliamentary elections kicked off official campaigning at midnight Thursday with rival parties expected to engage in a fierce battle in the coming days.

The April 13 polls will elect a total of 300 lawmakers for a four-year term, with 253 of them to be selected through direct elections and the remaining 47 proportional representation seats to be allocated to parties according to the numbers of votes that they receive overall.

A total of 944 candidates -- 844 men and 100 women -- are set to compete for the 253 seats up for grabs. The competition rate is 3.7 to one, compared with 3.76 to one in the previous parliamentary elections in 2012, the country's election watchdog said.

The ruling Saenuri Party has vowed to claim a clear-cut victory by reclaiming more than a majority in the National Assembly, where it currently holds 146 out of 292 seats.

Saenuri Chairman Kim Moo-sung is set to visit a factory in Seoul, party officials said, as 122 constituencies up for grabs in Seoul and the surrounding area have cited as a crucial battleground determining the victory for the party.

The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, meanwhile, has called for the judgment of the incumbent administration's handling of the economy and aims to win about 130 seats.

Minjoo Party leaders will kick off campaigning in the capital city and the surrounding areas.

The splinter People's Party also aims to grab 20 seats, which would allow it to form a parliamentary negotiation bloc.

The party's co-chairman, Ahn Cheol-soo, is slated to visit a job academy in central Seoul and meet with young job seekers, party officials said.

The 13-day campaigning period is set to run through midnight on April 12.


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