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« on: April 11, 2012, 08:12:45 am »
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Election was held today and the Conservative Party, who won big in 2007 lost a few seats while the oppostion Democratic Party won big, so that Exit Polls are showing a tie in seats for this election:

Parties neck-and-neck in South Korean election

Rival parties were neck-and-neck Wednesday in South Korea's legislative election, a key test of sentiment before December's presidential vote, according to TV exit polls released after voting ended.

With the official result not due until after midnight (1500 GMT), exit polls said the contest between the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) and the opposition centre-left Democratic United Party (DUP) was too close to call.

KBS TV said both parties had won between 131 and 147 seats in the 300-member National Assembly. MBC said the NFP had won between 130 and 153 while the DUP had secured between 128 and 148.

According to SBS the NFP won between 126 and 151 seats compared with 128 to 150 for the DUP.

The ruling party is struggling to preserve its parliamentary majority to pave the way for a second successive presidential victory in eight months' time.

It had 165 seats in the outgoing parliament against 89 for the DUP.

Both parties were cautious in forecasting the outcome.

"It's close and we have to wait and see final results," DUP secretary general Park Sun-Sook told reporters.

 With economic concerns sidelining worries over North Korea, the DUP tried to exploit discontent over rising prices, high education and housing costs, job difficulties, a widening income gap and a weak welfare system.

Turnout was 53.7 percent compared to 46.1 percent four years ago, according to interim figures by election officials. A high figure was seen as indicating strong participation by young voters, which would benefit the opposition.

The ruling party depicted its opponents as socially divisive and bent on undermining a decades-old security alliance with the United States, particularly through their vow to renegotiate a recently ratified free trade deal with the United States.

The DUP meanwhile called on voters to pass judgement on President Lee Myung-Bak's administration.

"Democracy has retreated, people's livelihood suffered and inter-Korean ties have broken down during the four years of the Lee government," it said in a statement.

The ruling party ditched its old name of the Grand National Party ahead of the election and moved to the left to try to shake off its image as a party for the rich. It pledged to improve state welfare programmes.

North Korea's impending rocket launch is the main focus of international attention but has barely figured in the election campaign in the South, which is used to tension with its communist neighbour.

Pyongyang, nevertheless, has repeatedly urged South Koreans to vote out the conservatives who scrapped a cross-border aid and engagement policy.

"Young voters, students and people must deliver a crushing defeat to the traitors," the ruling party daily Rodong Sinmun said.

The election is a test for presidential hopefuls, particularly as it will be the first time for two decades that the presidential and parliamentary elections fall in the same year.

These include NFP leader Park Geun-Hye and her potential opposition rival Moon Jae-In. Lee cannot constitutionally stand for a second term.

"I voted for the NFP for stability," 80-year-old Cho Sun-Jae told AFP as he left a polling station in Seocho district in southern Seoul.

Kim Jin-Young, a 31-year-old office worker in Seoul, said she voted for the opposition. "At least the DUP seems to be the lesser of two evils," she said after casting her ballot at Deokso district in the east of the capital.

The parliament will have 246 directly contested seats and 54 proportional representation seats, allocated to parties according to the total numbers of votes they receive nationwide.

Each voter receives two ballots, one for a candidate and one for a party.

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=6114858
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 08:21:35 am »
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With about 55% counted, the Conservatives retain a small advantage over the Democrats:

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By Chang Jae-soon

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling party was leading in Wednesday's tightly contested parliamentary elections that were seen as a crucial test of voter sentiment eight months before December's presidential vote.

Television exit polls had earlier forecast the race was too close to call.

With about 55 percent of the votes counted, ruling Saenuri Party candidates were leading in 124 directly contested districts while main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) candidates were ahead in 108 constituencies, according to an analysis by public broadcaster KBS based on data from the National Election Commission.

The minor opposition Unified Progressive Party took the lead in eight districts, while three districts were led by the minor conservative opposition Liberty Forward Party and three others by independents.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 09:03:08 am »
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Update: Including the proportional seats, the ruling Conservatives are now likely to get around 150 of the 300 seats in parliament and retain their majority.

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SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling party appeared to be headed toward an upset victory in Wednesday's parliamentary elections in what would be a major boon for its leader and presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye just eight months before the presidential vote.

   With about 64 percent of the votes counted, ruling Saenuri Party candidates were leading in 125 directly contested districts while main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) candidates were ahead in 109 constituencies, according to an analysis by public broadcaster KBS based on data from the National Election Commission.

   The minor opposition Unified Progressive Party took the lead in six districts, while three districts were led by the minor conservative opposition Liberty Forward Party and three others by independents.

   Combined with proportional seats, the ruling party was expected to win 150 of the total 300 seats up for grabs against the DUP's 129 seats, KBS said. MBC TV gave a similar projection of the ruling party winning 150 seats and the DUP 130 seats.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 09:30:47 am »
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Thanks for keeping us informed. Looking forward to the final result. If it gets that close Ill expect a few centrist Conservatives to break away; a new center party would be able to swing the balance.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 02:29:05 pm »
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"Grand National Party" used to be one of the most hilarious mainstream party names out there. Sad

Also, presumably as polarized as ever?
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 10:18:03 pm »
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Map from Wikipedia
Red is NFP[GNP], Yellow is DUP, Blue LFP, Purple UPP, with grey being independents.
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 11:21:54 am »
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"Grand National Party" used to be one of the most hilarious mainstream party names out there. Sad


Also one of the most hilariously mainstream Wink
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