Independent candidates draw more attention from votersUpdated: 2014-05-27 06:30:24 (KST)
The closer we draw to election day, the more apparent it becomes that voters are leaning toward independent candidates, especially in the city of Busan, a conservative stronghold and Gwangju, the traditional home ground of liberals.
Of all voters on election day, nearly 44 percent are undecided about who they will vote for, according to a survey conducted by Embrain.
And of that total, more than half of the respondents said they would vote for independent candidates.
This holds extra meaning in the cities of Busan and Gwangju.
In the ruling Saenuri Party's home turf of Busan polls show independent candidate Oh Geo-don up by nearly 4 percentage points over the ruling party's Suh Byung-soo in the race for the mayor.
Oh's popularity saw a boost after a candidacy merger on May 16th with Kim Young-choon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy in an effort to unite liberal votes.
Over in the race for mayor of Gwangju, right in the middle of the main opposition's home ground, the liberal candidate Yoon Jang-hyun finds himself trailing behind independent candidate Kang Un-tae.
The polls show that Kang's polling numbers are double those of Yoon's.
Kang withdrew from the main opposition party to run as an independent in protest of party's co-leader Ahn Cheol-soo's influence in the nomination of Yoon.
According to the National Election Commission on Monday, some 2.4 million more people will be able to vote in these local elections, up 6.3 percent from the last ones in 2010.
The increase was attributed to the aging and growth of Korea's overall population.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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