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Local elections: Turnout similar for young and older voters as early voting ends Updated: 2014-06-02 06:27:52 KST

Local elections: Turnout similar for young and older voters as early voting ends

After a whopping 11-and-a-half percent of Korea's eligible voters cast ballots during two days of early voting for the upcoming local elections, attention now is focused on WHICH age groups had the best turnout.
Voter turnout was the highest, at nearly 16 percent, among the youngest voting group, who usually tends to be progressive.
They were followed by those in their sixties at 12 percent, who tend to lean conservative.
Turnout was lower among voters in their thirties and forties.
The turnout was similar for voters in their twenties and thirties combined and for those in their fifties and above.

Neither the ruling nor main opposition party seemed to be satisfied with the figures.

"It is hard to tell which party will benefit the most from the early voting turnout. A narrow-minded analysis by politicians could lead voters to misjudge the situation."

However, the ruling Saenuri Party did express its concerns about the high voter turnout among young people, while the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy said the number isn't actually that high considering that the majority of the country's 35-thousand soldiers are part of the 16 percent of people who voted in advance.

"Overall, the voter turnout among those in their thirties and forties is low.
We are keeping an eye on that, as the percentage is 2.5 percent to 3 percent lower than that of those in their fifties and sixties."

Experts say the parties' official statements on the early voting turnout seem like a typical strategy to boost support in the days before an election.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.
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