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Political Transformation is needed in Parliamentary Elections

Political Transformation is needed in Parliamentary Elections

Posted January. 02, 2008 07:15,   


About hundreds days are left until the 18th general elections. The upcoming general elections will be crucial to the new Lee Myung-bak administration. Winning a majority of seats in the parliamentary elections will guarantee a smooth sailing, if not, he will face a rough road. If the experiences of the previous governments are to be any guide, the majority of seats in the National Assembly are likely to bring about the ruling party’s abuse of power. Otherwise, they will lead to disruptions in running state affairs.

According to a survey conducted by JoongAng Daily, 53 % of the respondents said they would vote for Grand National Party candidates in the parliamentary elections to help the new administration to manage state affairs smoothly. About 29 % of the surveyed said they would cast their ballots for opposition candidates to prevent the ruling party from going its own way. Considering only the result of the survey, the public sentiment desiring for the stability of the national administration has surpassed any other opinions.

Meanwhile, 55.4 % said present lawmakers should be changed while 22.5 % answered they should be remained. Such result can be attributed to the fact that the public are disillusioned about incumbent lawmakers’ performances. At the same time, the percentages indicate that the people sincerely want political reform by bringing in new faces.

The 17th general elections showed similar result. Thanks to the public’s wish for general transformations in the political circle, 63 % of those elected to the National Assembly were the first-time lawmakers. In addition, most of the new figures could win the elections under the favorable political situation brought by the parliament’s impeachment movement against president Roh. However, they let the public down with hollow reform pledges. Armed with self-righteousness, they refused dialogue and compromise, and ended up undermining party politics by breaking and reuniting with their party. GNP lawmakers also neglected their duties, only waiting for taking advantages of the failure of the ruling party.

For the new government to achieve its conservative agenda, a majority of seats in the parliament is a prerequisite. However, begging for help cannot win over public’s hearts. President-elect Lee should be reminded that the public have a great yearning for advanced politics. Lee also must know that people are sick and tired of incompetent and insolent politicians who believe that being nominated to favorable election districts guarantee their election victory. To live up to the public’s hope, he should field highly qualified candidates to develop Korean politics. Other parties are not exceptions. Nominating and electing competent candidates will make it possible for the parliament to carry out its tasks in a reasonable and productive manner.

In this vein, it is worrisome that both the GNP and the UNDP are now entangled in factional disputes over the timing of the nomination. Whether it is the presidential election or the parliamentary elections, they are advised to act in the interest of the public and the nation.