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South Korea’s Yoon joins early voting ahead of parliamentary elections

More than 3.5 million people, or about 8 percent of eligible voters, had cast their ballots at some 3,500 polling stations

By Reuters
April 06, 2024
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol speaks during a cabinet meeting in Seoul. — AFP/File
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol speaks during a cabinet meeting in Seoul. — AFP/File

SEOUL: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol cast his ballot as two days of early voting for next week’s parliamentary elections kicked off on Friday, in which his ruling party seeks to retake a majority in the opposition-controlled assembly.

More than 3.5 million people, or about 8 percent of eligible voters, had cast their ballots at some 3,500 polling stations nationwide as of 1 pm, according to the National Election Commission. It marked the highest turnout for parliamentary elections at this point since the early voting system was adopted in 2013.

Yoon cast his ballot alongside several aides at a station in the southern port city of Busan, where he was expected to attend a business event. He has encouraged people to go to the polls for the April 10 elections, saying it is not only citizens’ right but also responsibility.

Stakes are high for Yoon as his People Power Party (PPP) is aiming to win a majority in the single-chamber, 300-seat assembly, though polls show the elections too close to call.