The competition rate for the 8th local election to be held on June 1 has been at an all-time low.
The National Election Commission announced that as of 9:30 pm on the 13th, the deadline to register candidates for the June 1 local elections and the by-elections for the National Assembly, a total of 7,580 candidates have been tentatively counted.
The overall competition ratio was 1.8 to 1.
This is lower than the previous record of 2.3 to 1 in the 6th local election in 2014, which had previously recorded the lowest competition rate ever recorded.
Even including 33 candidates who have submitted applications but have not yet completed the registration process, the competition rate for this local election is the lowest ever.
Analysts say that this is because the number of candidates belonging to political parties in areas where support was initially unfavorable has decreased in the intense bipartisan confrontation and camp mobilization that has continued since the March 9 presidential election.
In this local election, 17 regional group heads and superintendents of education, 226 basic group heads, 779 regional members, and 2,602 basic members are elected.
A total of 55 people registered for the election of regional leaders, showing a competition ratio of 3.2 to 1.
There were 580 people (2.6 to 1), 1,542 members of the metropolitan council (2.0 to 1), 4,440 people in the Basic Assembly (1.7 to 1), 208 people in the metropolitan proportion (2.2 to 1), 675 people in the basic proportion ( 1.7 to 1) registered each.
In addition, there are 61 superintendents of education (3.6 to 1), 9 members of the education council (1.8 to 1), and 15 members of the National Assembly (2.1 to 1).
The official election campaign for candidates will be held for a total of 13 days from the 19th to the 31st of this month, the day before the election.
There will also be by-elections for the seven regional members of the National Assembly.
Voters can check the status of candidate registration and candidate information on the election statistics system (info.nec.go.kr) of the National Election Commission website.
Source: 세계일보 by www.segye.com.
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