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The nation's major political parties are now in full-on election mode, releasing their campaign pledges for the June 4th local elections.
With the polls taking place in exactly three weeks time, the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy are putting their final touches on their candidate nominations before registrations open on Thursday.
The candidates are allowed to hit the campaign trail from May 22nd.
Seventeen provincial and city seats, including Seoul Mayor, will be up for grabs.