This district -- Dongjak-B in Seoul -- is one of the most hotly contested seats in this by-election and has in the past… been a major swing region.
When looking at the recent local elections,.. candidates from the ruling Saenuri Party and main opposition party split Dongjak-B have each won two seats.
In this district, ruling Saenuri Party candidate Na Kyung-won, who is aiming to become a third-time lawmaker,…is taking on minor opposition Justice Party candidate Roh Hoe-chan, who is expected to absorb most of the liberal votes, since the opposition camp last week joined forces to field just one candidate.
The two were neck-and-neck in the last opinion polls released last week, showing Na of the ruling party with less than one percentage-point lead.
Voters here would like to see the eventual winner make progress in the investigation into April's deadly Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
"From the investigation process for Yoo Byung-eun to the Sewol-ho ferry law, I felt frustrated that the ruling and opposition parties have been unable to come to terms. I voted for someone who could voice their opinions strongly at the National Assembly.
"The winning candidate should first focus on revitalizing the local economy. The public is also hurting from Sewol-ho ferry tragedy. I hope our politicians do their best to relieve us of our pain."
The final turnout is forecast to be in the lower 30 percent range, the average turnout for by-elections.
But higher than expected early voter turnout, and the sweltering summer heat, could keep some people at home.
"The National Election Commission expects the final election results to emerge at around 10 p.m. local time, at which time we'll know who the 15 new members of the National Assembly are.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang news."