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Concerns About Special Re-election Aftermath

Posted October. 26, 2001 08:53,   


The special re-elections for the three districts of Tongdaemun, Kuro, and Kangreung took place on October 25 in 163 voting booths. The voting began at 6 am and proceeded smoothly until finishing time.

The voting rate from tabulated votes up to 3 pm calculated by the central election management council showed 41.1 percent for Tongdaemun, 35.4 precent for Kuro, and 37.8 percent for Kangreung. In the case of Kuro and Kangreung, the voting rate was lower than the rate for the special elections in 1998 and 1999.

The ruling and opposition parties are looking at the special elections results as having a significant impact on the current national and political situation as the regional and presidential elections draws near. They are strongly urging full participation of the basic organization members and supporters in the voting process.

Democratic Party spokesperson Chun Yong-Hak announced, ``We place our hopes in the people`s wise judgement which will give the Democratic Party the strength to carry out its responsibility of stabilizing the nation and reviving the economy.``

GNP spokesperson Kwon Chul-Hyon also appealed to the public, saying, ``Today`s special re-election goes beyond electing three representatives for the National Assembly. It will pass judgment on the present administration`s misrule. Please cast that one precious vote for the GNP.`` The election was characterized by extreme measures and there are 75 violations of the election regulations including false residence registration and banquet offers. A significant aftermath is expected even after the election has ended.

Yoon Young-Chan yyc11@donga.com