South Koreans went to the polls on Tuesday (25 May) to elect their 204-seat National Assembly.
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Background: South Koreans went to the polls on Tuesday (25 May) to elect their 204-seat National Assembly. The elections followed the re-election of President Chung-hee Park for his third term of office, a month earlier. The President's Democratic Republican Party is expected to win a comfortable majority, although an unofficial tabulation of early returns has indicated the Party was unlikely to win more than two-thirds of the seats, as it did in 1967. The major opposition was coming from the New Democratic Party which appeared to be enjoying successes in the two cities of Seoul and Pusan. Despite good weather, the turnout of voters was in some areas as low as 35 percent of those eligible.
SYNOPSIS: Seoul, the capital of South Korea, where National Assembly elections were held on Tuesday to decide the country's ruling structure for the next four years.
Although the weather was clear and warm throughout the country only 35 percent of eligible voters turned out in some areas.
Local police stations reported that voting proceeded in an orderly manner with very few minor incidents. A month ago president Park was re-elected for his third term of office.
President Park's Democratic Republican Party is expected to win a comfortable majority, although an unofficial tabulation of early returns has indicated the Party is unlikely to win more than two-thirds of the seats, was it did in 1967. Most position has come from the New Democratic Party which did well especially in Seoul and Pusan.