Candidates get ready for April 15 general election as candidate registration ends Friday
Updated: 2020-03-27 12:27:41 KST
South Korea's general elections are scheduled for April 15th.
The candidate registration ends Friday, but many candidates have already completed the registration process, renewing their resolve to claim victory.
Competition is already fierce in Seoul's Jongno-gu District, dubbed the country's "Number 1 political street."
From the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, who is looking to boost his prospects as a future presidential candidate, is stressing that he's the man to alleviate the public's pain during this unprecedented time.
"I will focus on alleviating the public's pain by truly sympathizing with them."
Hwang Kyo-ahn from the main opposition United Future Party, who was the last prime minister under the ousted Park Geun-hye administration, says the general election must serve as a litmus test for the current administration's severe shortcomings.
"I will devote my life to claim victory in Jongno-gu and the general election. We must test the Moon Jae-in administration so the public can regain hope."
Starting April 2nd, candidates can launch their official election campaign but until then only limited campaigning is allowed, including distributing business cards and establishing election offices.
With concerns the elections could be overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea's election watchdog says it decided to stop the absentee ballot process for South Korean citizens living in Italy and 16 other badly-affected countries.
Such a decision comes as the National Election Commission aims to protect overseas South Koreans amid lockdowns in those regions.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.