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For thousands of candidates running in the June 4th local elections the campaign trail begins today.
Given the sense of grief and sorrow that remains over the recent Sewol-ho ferry disaster, campaigns will be noticeably toned down compared to years gone by.
As per previous campaign periods, candidates can try and win public support right up until the eve of election day so they have 13 days total.
Seventeen mayoral and provincial governor posts as well as more than 3,nine-hundred local administrative and legislative positions will be up for grabs.
Both the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy consider the upcoming elections an opportunity to gain the upper hand.
Analysts say the results will be a good gauge of the public's opinion of the Park Geun-hye administration.