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New party's lawmakers divided over lowering voting age

All Headlines 16:41 January 04, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- A group of lawmakers who left the ruling Saenuri Party to start a separate party are divided over lowering the minimum voting age by a year, sources said Wednesday, as the change is likely to benefit liberal parties more.

South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party said earlier this week that it will push to lower the minimum voting age to 18 ahead of the next presidential election.

The opposition party pointed out that 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 planned New Conservative Party for Reform, which earlier said it will also join the move, said it will again discuss the plan as a number of its lawmakers expressed opposition, apparently as polls indicate younger voters are more likely to support liberal parties.

"There are many lawmakers that oppose the plan. It should be discussed again," Rep. Kwon Seong-dong of the group said.

Another lawmaker echoed the remark, adding it is too early to say that its members have reached a consensus.

colin@yna.co.kr
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