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S. Korea will begin 2-day early voting for local elections Friday

All Headlines 09:30 June 07, 2018

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will hold two-day early voting for the June 13 local elections and parliamentary by-elections this week.

Eligible voters can cast ballots at 3,512 polling stations nationwide from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Friday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC).

The elections will determine a total of 4,016 local administrative, legislative and educational posts, including 17 metropolitan mayors and provincial governors. The by-elections will be held to fill 12 vacant seats in the National Assembly.

The advance voting system was introduced for the by-elections in April 2013.

Higher turnout in the advance voting usually heralds a higher overall voting rate.

Early voting turnout has been on the rise from 11.5 percent for the 2014 local elections to 12.2 percent for the 2016 parliamentary elections and to 26.1 percent in the 2017 presidential election.

The publication of new opinion polls are banned starting Thursday.

Recent polls showed that the ruling Democratic Party (DP) has a sizable lead in both the local elections and parliamentary by-elections.

This photo, taken June 6, 2018, shows an early voting polling center for the June 13 local elections and parliamentary by-elections that was installed at Seoul Station, a transport hub in central Seoul. (Yonhap)

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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