The government's poor initial response to the Sewol-ho ferry accident last month has outraged the Korean public.
The insufficient safety measures and lack of capacity to handle such accidents are likely to dominate the campaign period over the next few weeks heading into election day on June 4th.
Both the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy have called on the National Assembly to conduct a special investigation, to come up with ways to help lawmakers write better bills aimed at preventing future accidents.
The ruling party's candidate for Seoul mayor, Chung Mong-joon, promised he would prioritize safety issues if elected and carry out massive reforms on the capital's safety management system.
Current Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has also decided to put the issue at the center of his election campaign to reflect mounting public demands for a safer Seoul.
It's something we're likely to see in the other metropolitan and provincial races leading up to June 4th.
With public distrust of government growing in recent weeks in light of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster, the results on election day could very well depend on which party the people trust more to institute change.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.