Presidential Office Replaces Petition Website

  • By Kim Eun-joong

    June 24, 2022 12:17

    The presidential office on Thursday shut down a petition website run by the previous government and opened a new website instead.

    The new website accepts any proposals and petitions like its predecessor but only accept feedback using people's real names.

    But while the previous one required more than 200,000 signatures for the government to respond, the presidential office promised to respond to any suggestions that are "deemed valid."

    "There were concerns that the previous petition website could end up favoring a particular support base, and even a single person could post endless petitions using different aliases. We made it clear that the new website cannot be abused by a particular ideology or political group."

    In other words, the petition website ended up becoming a fierce battleground between conservatives and liberals.

    Senior presidential secretary Kang Seung-kyoo said the new website "is a communication channel that reflects President Yoon Suk-yeol's will to communicate directly with the public." Kang said although the old petition website received around 1.11 million petitions, only 0.026 percent of them drew enough signatories to warrant a response.

    The "validity" of feedback to the new website will be decided by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, a presidential official said.

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