Voter Turnout Highest in 23 Years

      June 14, 2018 10:06

      Voter turnout on Wednesday was the highest for local elections in their 23-year history at 60.2 percent, the National Election Commission said.

      Some 25.84 million out of 43 million eligible voters cast their ballots. An NEC official said, "A high voter turnout of 20.14 percent in early voting boosted overall turnout. Early voting has already become a fixture after being held three times so far."

      Voters in their 20s and 60s accounted for the biggest proportion at 22.4 percent, followed by those in their 50s (21.1 percent), 70s or above (18.7 percent), 40s (19 percent) and 30s (17.4 percent).

      "It was proof of the high level of interest in politics among people in their 20s, who experienced the Sewol ferry tragedy and candlelight protests" that ousted President Park Geun-hye, a ruling-party spokesman said.

      Turnout was highest in South Jeolla Province at 69.3 percent, followed by Jeju Island (65.9 percent), South Gyeongsang Province (65.8 percent), North Jeolla Province (65.3 percent) and Ulsan (64.8 percent).

      In Seoul turnout was 59.9 percent, lower than the nationwide average.

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