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Parliamentary candidates put on eye-catching campaigns

All Headlines 16:02 April 01, 2016

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Candidates for the April 13 parliamentary elections put on eye-catching campaigns on the streets across the country Friday as rival political parties mobilized different campaign strategies to woo voters.

The quadrennial election will pick 300 lawmakers for four-year terms, 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.

The ruling Saneuri Party, under the supervision of the party's floor leader Won Yoo-cheol, put up a special campaign team filled with the party's proportional candidates.

Among the members are Song Hee-kyung, who topped the party's proportional representation list, and renowned Go player Cho Hoon-hyun, who won the ticket by taking the 14th spot.

The higher candidates are ranked, the greater their election chances are, with political analysts forecasting 18 Saenuri candidates virtually guaranteed to seats in the National Assembly.

The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea also formed five teams to target specific voters such as women and members of the labor circle.

In the central city of Daejeon, Lee Dong-kyu, a splinter People's Party candidate, chanted military slogans along with some 30 supporters.

Choi In-ho, a ruling Saenuri Party candidate in the southern port city of Busan, put on a penguin costume to greet voters on their way to work in the morning.

Chung Woon-chun, a Saenuri candidate running for an electorate in Jeonju, 243 kilometers south of Seoul, put himself behind bars to show that he will pursue "responsible politics."

Family members of the candidates also lent support for the races.

The daughter of Yoo Seong-min, a former Saenuri floor leader who defected from the party to run as an independent candidate, visited her father's campaign office Thursday.

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