April 07, 2020 11:52
Older voters are expected to hold the key to the outcome of the general election next week since nearly half of all registered voters are over 50.
The National Election Commission said of 43.96 million eligible voters, 2.6 percent are between 18 and 19, 15.5 percent in their 20s, 15.9 percent in their 30s and 19 percent in their 40s.
Although these younger people account for more than 50 percent of the total voters, their proportion has dwindled since the last general elections as society ages rapidly -- by 0.5 percentage points among 20 somethings, 2.2 percentage points among 30-somethings and two percentage points among 40-somethings.
But 47 percent are over 50, up around four percentage points.
The key variable will be turnout as participation tends to be higher among older people.
Both ruling and opposition parties believe the coronavirus epidemic could also keep many elderly people at home, which makes the outcome even more unpredictable.
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