June 4 local elections: Seoul's swing votesUpdated: 2014-06-04 14:00:55 (KST)
Voters across the nation are busy casting ballots for the over 39-hundred city mayor, district and provincial governor, councilor. and education chief posts up for grabs.
Let's go over to one of the polling stations - our Song Ji-sun joins us live from Seoul's central Jongno-gu district.
Ji-sun, less than two hours remain before **the polls close. Are we seeing many late-comers rushing to the polling booths?
Good afternoon, Conn-young. Yes, more and more people are coming in now, and the line to vote is getting longer here.
The capital's turnout rate is catching up the national average after lagging behind other cities and provinces earlier in the morning.
Seoul's turnout rate is currently at ** percent -- whereas the national average stands at ** percent.
It's hard to predict how the races will turn out this time around, with the adoption of the early voting period and factoring in the impact of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
Let's take a listen from the voters for what they had in mind had when selecting officials for their regions.
"I voted for candidates who can do the job and improve the livelihoods of the people, in terms of new jobs and the quality of living."
"Unlike my friends who are my age, I wasn't affected that much by the Sewol-ho ferry disaster. My priority in this election was more on security than welfare, and I see more room for growth and development."
One thing is for sure: the turnout rate of the different age groups is a major factor in these local elections.
Four out of five Koreans are eligible to vote this Wednesday numbering some 41 million in total.
And those who are 50 or older account for more than 40 percent of the total number of voters nationwide.
But it's different here in Seoul. The ratio of those in their 20s and 30s is the highest in the nation at almost 40 percent -- outnumbering those in their 50s and over.
The younger generation is usually considered more progressive, while the elderly are more conservative so the voting numbers for these two groups will be one of the deciding factors in whether incumbent mayor Park Won-soon of the opposition party remains in office, or the ruling Saenuri Party's, multi-term lawmaker Chung Mong-joon beats the odds.
I'm Song Ji-sun reporting live from Jongno-gu district in Seoul.
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