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S. Korea begins 2-day early voting for June 13 local elections

All Headlines 06:00 June 08, 2018

SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea kicked off two-day early voting on Friday for the June 13 local elections and parliamentary by-elections, which are seen as a referendum on liberal President Moon Jae-in.

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

Up for grabs are 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 parliamentary seats.

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

Recent polls show that the ruling Democratic Party (DP) has a sizable lead in both elections.

A poll released by the NEC showed Thursday that 76.5 percent of those surveyed said this week they will definitely vote in the upcoming elections, up from 70.9 percent recorded two weeks earlier.

It said that 30.3 percent of those who intend to vote said they will cast ballots during the early voting.

Higher turnout in the early voting usually leads to a higher voting rate on election day.

An official at Yuseong-gu Ward Office in the central city of Daejeon checks ballots on June 7, 2018, one day before two days of early voting for the June 13 local elections. (Yonhap)

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