Election day for 4,125 local government leaders: The DONG-A ILBO

Election day morning to vote for local government leaders who will be in charge of administering regional affairs for the next four years broke. Ruling and opposition parties conducted official election campaigns until the last day, imploring voters to vote for their respective candidates. The People Power Party pleaded with voters to replace local government leaders for a successful presidency of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, arguing that government transformation can truly be completed with the replacement of local government leaders , while the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea urged voters to give their capable leaders elected four years ago a chance to work for the country again.

In local elections on June 1, voters will vote for a total of 4,132 officials, including: 17 metropolitan mayors and provincial governors and superintendents of local education offices; 226 city mayors, county heads and district office heads; 872 members of provincial and metropolitan councils; 2,988 district office staff; five school board members; and seven legislators to fill vacancies in the National Assembly following a candidacy in local elections. The total number of candidates stands at 7,616, with an average competition ratio of 1.8 to 1. to fire/district, who will practically be in charge of the administration of budgets and local affairs, is 3,860 in total, or 93.4% of the total electoral distribution. Seats on local government councils receive less attention than those given to metropolitan mayors and provincial governors, but their importance is no less important given the role they play, for example, in legislating ordinances , and the impact they may have on voters. Lives.

Ruling and opposition parties have waged an all-out war, considering this year’s local election, which is 84 days from the March 9 presidential election, an early assessment of the new administration. If the ruling party wins the local elections, it will secure itself a stable source of power to manage the affairs of the state, while the victory of the opposition party, which will overtake the ruling party both at the National Assembly and in local governments, could further strengthen checks and balances against the new government.

The goal of the People Power Party is to secure at least nine seats at the head of local metropolitan governments and to put pressure on the main opposition party, the Democratic Party. The ruling party made sure not to wallow in the optimistic outlook for poll results showing the ruling party’s dominance. “Only the voting public is a real number we can count on; those who do not vote are assimilated to abstention. We cannot afford to be complacent,” said ruling party leader Kwon Seong-dong.

The Democratic Party is fighting with its back to the wall, determined to grab at least two seats for the heads of local governments, as well as those of its traditional strongholds, Gwangju, South Jeolla and North Jeolla Province, and Jeju. Kim Min-seok, co-chairman of the Democratic Party’s general headquarters, said his goal is to secure a firm victory in at least four metropolitan mayoral and gubernatorial races, and it would be a huge win for the party if he wins. . five to six positions of mayor and governor.

The 2022 local election will start at 6 a.m. in 14,465 polling stations across the country and run until 6 p.m. Eligible voters can vote at their designated polling stations. COVID-19 patients and those in quarantine are allowed to vote between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at their designated polling stations.

Kyung-Suk Kang [email protected]

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