Record number of overseas Koreans cast ballots in presidential election

By a2017001
  • Published : May 1, 2017 - 16:12
  • Updated : May 1, 2017 - 16:12

A record number of overseas South Koreans have cast ballots in early overseas voting for the country's upcoming presidential election, the election watchdog said Monday.

A total of 221,981 overseas voters cast ballots over a six-day voting period that ended Sunday, according to the National Election Commission.

There are about 1.97 million South Korean nationals who are staying overseas and are eligible to take part in the presidential election slated to be held next Tuesday.

A South Korean national casts a vote in the presidential election at the South Korean Embassy in Tehran on April 27, 2017. (Yonhap)

The number of overseas voters marked 75.3 percent of 294,633 people who had registered to vote. It also marked a 40.3 percent spike from 158,225 overseas voters who took part in the country's last presidential election held in 2012, the NEC said in a press release.

In addition to the 1.97 million South Koreans staying overseas, there are about 42.4 million eligible voters here.

Earlier Monday, the NEC launched a four-day absentee voting period for those who will not be able to visit polling stations on the election day, including people with disabilities and those who will be aboard ships.

A separate two-day early voting period is also scheduled for Thursday and Friday for any voter who wishes to vote in advance.

All votes cast in advance, including those by overseas voters, will be kept sealed until they are officially counted on election day, the NEC said. (Yonhap)