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Registered Absentee Voters Surpass 810,000

Posted November. 29, 2007 03:10,   


On November 28, presidential candidates on the second day of the official campaign for the upcoming presidential election are calling for voters’ support by unveiling their main campaign pledges.

The conservative Grand National Party’s candidate, Lee Myung-bak, held a press conference at the construction agency of the Multi-functional administrative city of Yeongi, Chungnam, and stressed that he would turn Sejong City into an international science-business city.

Independent candidate Lee Hoi-chang visited, on Wednesday, a securities firm in Seoul, and said, “A stable nation and sound foundation are the major driving forces for the nation’s economy and advancing the local stock market. We need to globalize our stock market by making it a financial hub in the East Asian region, such as Hong Kong.

Presidential candidate Chung Dong-young of the United New Democratic Party (UNDP) held a street campaign in front of the Lotte Department Store in Bupyeong, Incheon, and sought to project an image of an economic leader, by stressing, “Creating jobs is the best welfare and human rights policy.” He promised, “I will create one million jobs in cultural-content industries.”

During a street campaign in Myeong-dong, Seoul, Creative Korea Party candidate Moon Kuk-hyun tried to appeal to the voters by focusing on unemployment, saying, “The proportion of non-regular workers is just 4 percent in the U.S., while ours remains at 55 percent. All current non-regular workers should be converted to regular workers.”

Democratic Labor Party (DLP) candidate Kwon Young-ghil criticized President Roh Moo-hyun in Jongno, Seoul, arguing, “The only difference between presidential candidate Lee Hoi-chang in the 2002 presidential election and incumbent President Roh Moo-hyun is that Lee received the slush fund delivered by truck, while Roh’s was by three-wheeler.”

Rhee In-je, presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, appealed to the residents for support in Chungcheong Province, saying, “This province has failed to produce a single president to date, and this would be the first time that the province has witnessed a president of their origin.”

Meanwhile, the number of citizens eligible for absentee voting slated for Dec. 13-14 totals 810,755, the National Election Commission said on Wednesday. The number fell by 56,721 from 867,476 in the 2002 presidential election.

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