Lawmakers spar over whether to scrap candidate nomination systemUpdated: 2014-02-06 14:36:24 KST
A candidate nomination system took center stage on the first day of a four-day hearing at the National Assembly this Thursday.
Lawmakers from the two main rival parties debated over whether to scrap a system in which political parties nominate candidates for local elections -- a campaign pledge made by both ruling and opposition presidential candidates in 2012.
The main opposition Democratic Party is demanding President Park fulfill her pledge to abolish the system, saying that the ruling party is reneging on the pledge because of its own political interests ahead of local elections on June 4th.
The ruling Saenuri Party argues that getting rid of the system could do more harm than good and suggested that adopting an open primary may be the best way to give the public a chance to nominate candidates.
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