Early voting for next week's local elections endsUpdated: 2014-05-31 18:16:30 (KST)
Nearly 5 million Koreans have made use of the two-day early voting period to cast their ballot ahead of the actual Election Day on June 4th.
The early voting system was first adopted at by-elections last year but this marks the first time citizens have been able to exercise their voting rights in advance of local elections.
Voters stamped their ballots between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at any of the more than 3-thousand 5-hundred polling booths without prior registration.
The National Election Commission says the higher-than-expected voter turnout is expected to serve as a key variable in the elections as the latest polls show the rival parties are neck-and-neck in most regions.
Meanwhile, candidates around the nation geared up for the last phase of their campaigns on Saturday.
The ruling Saenuri Party's mayoral candidate for Seoul, Chung Mong-joon, their Incheon mayoral candidate, Yoo Jeong-bok, and Nam Kyung-pil, running for Gyeonggi-do Province governor, held a joint campaign in Seoul to promote safety pledges.
Incumbent Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy visited a park in Seoul to greet citizens.
The NPAD's Incheon mayoral candidate Song Young-gil and the party's candidate for Gyeonggi-do Province governor, Kim Jin-pyo, also held rallies to capture voters.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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