The Liberal Party of Syngman Rhee, President of the Republic of South Korea, suffered a shock when the final results of the General Elections were known.
The Liberal Party of Syngman Rhee, President of the Republic of South Korea, suffered a shock when the final results of the General Elections were known. With four results yet to be decided the state of the parties is as follows:-
Liberals : 124 (131)
Democrats : 78 (46)
Independents : 28 (24)
The results in brackets are for the previous elections. The electorate has increased from 203 seats to 233, this is due to population growth.
In the capital, Seoul, and other large towns the Democrats scored big victories, whilst the countryside remained solidly, with the Army, behind the Liberal regime. Observers tend to think that these results show a trend towards the two-party system. Many feel that the Opposition's improved position will be beneficial to the country, it illustrates the feelings of a large section of the community for greater liberty and freedom of expression.
During the day of the elections President Rhee, his wife and his adopted son Lee Kang Suk---an Army cadet----went to the voting station in their home area to register their votes.
The second in command of the Liberal Party and speaker of the 3rd. National Assembly, Mr. Lee Ki Boong, and his wife visited their polling station later in the day.
Our camera-man took shots of troops voting at their camps throughout South Korea also. At Anyang the country folk drifted into the stations, handed in their seals, and voted. Here we see a woman with a child strapped to her back voting also an old couple making their way to the polling station.