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Main opposition seeks to lower voting age to 18

All News 10:30 January 03, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's main opposition party said Tuesday it will push to lower the minimum voting age by one year to 18 ahead of the next presidential election.

The proposed revision would benefit liberal parties, which polls show are more popular among younger people.

"We will make sure that the age requirement is lowered to 18 starting the next presidential election," Rep. Woo Sang-ho, the floor leader of the Democratic Party, said.

Woo said South Korea is the only member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to have the age limit of 19 instead of 18.

The party will also seek to allow overseas Korean residents to vote in the election.

The country is expected to hold the presidential election earlier than the currently scheduled December 2017 due to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. If the Constitutional Court confirms her ouster, South Korea has two months to elect a new leader.


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