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[Election 2022] When will we know the winner?

People wait in line to cast their votes for the presidential election at a polling station in Seoul, Wednesday. (Yonhap)
People wait in line to cast their votes for the presidential election at a polling station in Seoul, Wednesday. (Yonhap)
When will the winner of today’s presidential election become clear?

Probably around 1 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Election Commission on Wednesday.

At 7:30 p.m., which is when polls will close nationwide, exit poll results will be released by major broadcasters.

According to the Korean Broadcasters Association Wednesday, MBC, KBS and SBS will announce the results of their joint survey at 7:30 p.m., based on interviews with voters who cast their ballots between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on election day.

This means the results will not reflect ballots cast by COVID-19 patients and those in quarantine, who are restricted to voting after 6 p.m. Those who who participated in the March 4 and 5 early voting will not be tallied up for the result.

As of 4 p.m., voter turnout was estimated to be 71.1 percent, including the two-day early voting. It is higher than the 67.1 percent reported at the same time in the previous presidential vote in 2017.

By Park Han-na (hnpark@heraldcorp.com)
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