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S. Korea’s Moon leads exit polls
    2017-May-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MOON JAE-IN of the liberal Minjoo Party led media exit polls in South Korea’s presidential by-election by a wide margin, an official survey from three broadcasters showed yesterday.

Moon came closer to becoming the 19th president of South Korea with 41.4 percent support. It was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the former ruling Liberty Korea Party with 23.3 percent.

Ahn Cheol-soo of the centrist People’s Party garnered 21.8 percent, ranking third among five major candidates. Yoo Seong-min of the conservative Righteous Party gained 7.1 percent support, and Sim Sang-jung of the liberal Justice Party had 5.9 percent.

The exit polls were conducted for 13 hours to 7 p.m. local time at 330 polling stations with about 89,000 voters. It has 0.8 percentage points in margin of error.

Polls began early yesterday nationwide in an earlier-than-usual by-election, which was caused by the removal of former President Park Geun-hye from office in March over corruption allegations.

The election to select the country’s next president lasted from 6 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Monday) to 8 p.m. at 13,964 polling stations across the country.

The voting was extended by two hours compared with the 2012 presidential election to allow more people to join the momentous election for the country.

Hopes for the transfer of presidential power exploded with the influence-peddling scandal embroiling Park, which led to her impeachment and arrest, and the subsequent downfall of the conservative bloc.

The early voting, which was introduced in 2013 and first applied to this year’s presidential race, attracted a record turnout of over 11 million, or 26 percent of the electorate.

The high rate reflected a great public interest in the election to pick Park’s replacement.

(Xinhua)

 

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