Candidate nominations for local elections have become the source of heated debate in the country's political realm with local elections coming up on June 4th.
It's been a three-way battle between the ruling party, the main opposition and now the soon-to-be party led by maverick lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo.
For a closer look into this issue, we're joined live in the studio by Kim Ji-yoon, analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. Kim, welcome to the program.
The pros and cons of the nomination system have been in the spotlight ahead of the June elections.
Both the ruling Saenuri Party and main opposition Democratic Party pledged to abolish the system if they won the 2012 presidential election.
The ruling party, for one, seems to be backtracking from its pledge. Your view on that?
Leader of Democratic Party Kim Han-gil and lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo met earlier this afternoon to discuss the candidate nomination system. Although they reportedly agreed to work together to scrap the system, speculation is rising that the main opposition will keep the current candidate nomination system, although it hasn't been announced as the party's official position.
What conclusion do you expect the DP to draw up?
Meanwhile, Ahn Cheol-soo has announced that his soon-to-be established New Political Vision Party will not put up candidates for mayors, county chiefs, ward chiefs and local council members ahead of the June local elections.
What is the New Political Vision Party aiming to do?
How do you expect the latest debate over candidate nominations to affect the June 4th local elections? Your forecast on the state of affairs in the nation's political realm?
Dr. Kim Ji-yoon, analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies thanks for speaking with us this evening. We appreciate it.