Just an hour ago, voters began heading to the polls to elect the mayors of South Korea's two largest cities Seoul and Busan.
The ballots opened Wednesday at 6AM across three,four-hundred-fifty-nine polling stations across the nation.
Unlike regular election days here in South Korea, Wednesday is NOT a holiday as they are for by-elections, and the polls will remain open until 8PM.
In both cities, the country's two biggest parties went head to head, and Wednesday's race is widely seen as a litmus test for the nation's presidential election next year.
In Seoul, the two main front-runners are Park Young-sun of the ruling Democratic Party and Oh Se-hoon of the main opposition People Power Party.
In Busan, it's Kim Young-choon of the DP versus Park Heong-joon of the PPP.
The winners will serve until next April.
The country saw a record high turnout of 20.5 percent in early voting last week.