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Two-day early voting period for July 30 by-elections comes to close Updated: 2014-07-26 18:16:35 KST

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The two-day early voting period for the July 30th by-elections ended earlier this Saturday evening.
Voter turnout was just shy of eight percent 7.nine-eight percent to be exact higher than both by-elections last year.
The turnout in by-elections is typically low in Korea and the National Election Commission had said it expected the early voter turn-out to be around six percent.
Voters could cast their ballots in the 15 constituencies up for grabs without prior registration.
Korea's rival parties are pressing ahead with efforts to strengthen voter support.
The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy have been focusing on districts in the capital and its surrounding area as they are considered a barometer of public sentiment.
The polls carry extra weight this year because a total of 15 parliamentary seats are up for grabs, the largest-ever number for a by-election.


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