Korean Elections Rate Highly for Integrity

      March 03, 2014 12:00

      The 2012 presidential elections in Korea ranked sixth out of 73 elections in the world for integrity in the Electoral Integrity Project supported by Harvard University, the University of Sydney and others.

      The project aims to examine "the risks of flawed and failed elections." The recently published findings show the perception of electoral integrity on a scale of 1 to 100.

      Korea scored a respectable 81.2 points overall.

      The 2012 presidential election scored a whopping 96 points in terms of vote count and 91 points for electoral procedures. But scores were relatively poor for media coverage (66 points), electoral laws (68 points) and campaign finance (72 points).

      Norway's general election in September 2013 ranked highest, followed by Germany's general election in September 2013, the Netherlands' general election in September 2012, and Iceland’s general election in April 2013.

      Japan's December 2012 Lower House elections and July 2013 Upper House elections ranked 16th and 18th. The U.S. presidential elections in November 2012 ranked an unimpressive 26th.

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