There are two forms of decorations vying for attention in the streets of South Korea.?
There are two forms of decorations vying for attention in the streets of South Korea. Some celebrate the coming of Christmas, on December 25. Others promote some of the 5,837 people who are candidates in the general election on December 15.
The politicians are contesting 2,359 seats in the National Conference for Unification. This body will elect a President immediately, and later give formal approval to the President's choice of members of the National Assembly.
There is little doubt that President Chung-hee Park will be returned for a fourth term. It was he who dissolved the last Assembly, imposed martial law and laid down the conditions for the coming elections. Previously he held a majority of only one over Kim Dae Jung's Democrats, but June has decided to stay in Tokyo and observers predict that Park's Republicans will triumph and Korea will become a one-party state.
SYNOPSIS: Campaigning posters are plastered throughout the cities of South Korea as voters prepare to go to the polls on Friday.
The slogans vie with Christmas decorations in the streets of Seoul, and nearly six thousand candidates are vying for just over two thousand seats in the National Conference for Unification, the supreme body in the new political structure introduced by President Chung-hee Park.
The successful candidates will first of all elect a President - and few people doubt that President Park will serve a fourth term. He dissolved the previous National Assembly and imposed martial law while he worked out a new constitution. The National Conference will later approve a list of people named by the President to serve in the National Assembly.