Record Numbers Turn Out to Vote

      June 03, 2010 08:35

      Voter turnout for Wednesday's local elections was at an estimated 54.5 percent, the highest in 15 years. "Based on a tentative tally of votes, voter turnout for the latest local elections was the second highest since the first local elections (1995) when turnout was 68.4 percent," the National Election Commission said Wednesday.

      Turnout had declined to 51.6 percent by 2006. The NEC attributed the increase to a larger number of hotly contested posts.

      In the regions, Jeju Island saw the highest proportion of voters with 65.1 percent, followed by South Jeolla Province with 64.3 percent, Gangwon Province with 62.3 percent, South Gyeongsang Province with 61.9 percent and North Jeolla and North Gyeongsang provinces with 59.4 percent each. The hotly contested regions of North and South Chungcheong provinces saw 58.8 percent and 56.5 percent cast their ballot.

      Among metropolitan areas, the capital Seoul had the highest turnout with 53.8 percent followed by Gyeonggi Province with 51.8 percent and Incheon with 51 percent. The lowest voter turnout was in Daegu with 46 percent.

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