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Voting kicks off for parliamentary elections in South Korea


Seoul: Voting began on Wednesday in South Korea to elect 300 members of parliament, the election commission said.

The country's 20th general election started at 6 a.m. (local time) at 13,837 polling stations nationwide, according to the National Election Commission, Xinhua news agency reported.

Supporters of South Korean main opposition Minjoo Party dance during a campaign for the parliamentary elections in Seoul on April 12, 2016.  South Koreans will go to the polls on April 13 in legislative elections, overshadowed by multiple economic challenges and North Korean nuclear threats. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Supporters of South Korean main opposition Minjoo Party dance during a campaign for the parliamentary elections in Seoul on April 12, 2016. AFP

The polling will end at 6 p.m.

The ruling Saenuri Party has fielded 248 candidates, with 268 candidates fielded by the main opposition Minju Party.

The minor People's Party and the Justice Party registered 172 candidates and 65 candidates each.

The ruling party aims to gain more than 150 seats, while the Minju Party has targeted more than 100 seats.

The People's Party and the Justice Party are aiming for 40 and 10 seats.

 

First Published On : Apr 13, 2016 12:10 IST

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