South Koreans voted on Friday (December 15) to choose an electoral college to pick a president who will remain in power for the next six years.
South Koreans voted on Friday (December 15) to choose an electoral college to pick a president who will remain in power for the next six years. President Park chung-Hee, who has already won support to strengthen his authority, is considered the most likely electoral college choice.
The college, called the National Conference for Unification, is composed of 2,359 members. At the time of voting, it was expected President Park would be reinstalled as president before the New Year. An estimated seventy per-cent of South Korea's eligible voters turned out for the election, a considerable drop from the ninety-one-point-eight per-cent turnout for a referendum last month. The referendum changed the constitution and endorsed talks on reunification with North Korea.
Under the previous constitution, President Park would have been required to leave the presidency at the end of his third four-year term in 1975. The new constitution allows the new electoral college to ???lect a president for an unlimited number of six-year terms. The National Conference for Unification will also have a six-year term and will deal with major questions on unification policy referred to it by the president. It will also approve a third of National Assembly Members nominated by the president.
SYNOPSIS: South Koreans voted on Friday to choose a conference group which ???lect a president for the next ???. The new National Confer??? for Unification is expects to reappoint President Park chung-Hee who has already gained considerable support to strengthen his authority. The election followed a national referendum last month which changed South Korea's constitution.
None of the candidates for the new group can belong to political parties. They included businessmen, retired generals and community leaders.
Under the old constitution, President Park would have been required to leave the presidency after three terms of four years. The new National Conference has the power to nominate a president for an unlimited number of six-year terms. In the referendum, more than ninety per-cent of the electorate voted. This dropped to seventy per-cent in Friday's voting for the new electoral college.
Apart from selecting a president, the newly-electee body will decide on polity affecting unification with North Vietnam. President Park is thought likely to be reappointed before the New Year.