South Korean Presidential 2017 voting live Results Dates Opinion Exit Poll Candidates

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South Korean Presidential election 2017 Results Voting Live Dates Opinion Exit Poll

South Korean Presidential election Dates 2017

South Korean Presidential election Date: 9 May 2017

The 19th South Korean presidential election was held on 9 May 2017, after the impeachment and dismissal of Park Geun-hye.The election was conducted in a single round on a first-past-the-post basis.

The election was originally scheduled to be held on 20 December 2017, but was moved earlier after the decision of the Constitutional Court on 10 March 2017 to uphold the parliament's impeachment of Park Geun-hye. In order to avoid a power vacuum, then-Prime MinisterHwang Kyo-ahn succeeded Park as the acting president. After Park was removed from the office by the Constitutional Court's ruling, acting president Hwang indicated he would not run for a term in his own right.

Opinion polling before April consistently placed the Democratic Party's candidate, Moon Jae-in, runner-up in the 2012 election, as the front-runner. Second place in the opinion polls was initially held by former UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon, who declined to run in February, followed by Ahn Hee-jung, whilst he lost the Democratic primaries to Moon. Support forPeople's Party founder Ahn Cheol-soo then surges, threatening Moon's lead in the polls throughout early April, before descending to approximately equal that of Liberty Korea Party's candidate, Hong Jun-pyo, in final polls.

Unlike the previous presidential elections, the new president-elect assumed the office immediately upon the confirmation of results by the National Election Commission, with the inauguration at the National Assembly on the same day.

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Koreawon the plurality of the votes (41.08% in contrast to 24.03% won by his closest opponent Hong Joon-pyo), thus winning this election. He assumed the office as the President of South Korea immediately upon the confirmation of the results at 8:09 am on 10 May 2017 (Local time) and was inaugurated in the National Assembly at the afternoon on the same day.


South Korean Presidential election Voting Live 2017

  1. Park Geun-hye of the conservative Saenuri Party (renamed in 2017 as the Liberty Korea Party) won the previous presidential election in 2012, succeeding Lee Myung-bak of the same party.
  2. The Saenuri Party lost the parliamentary election in April 2016, with opposition parties including liberal Democratic Party of Korea and People's Party winning a majority in the National Assembly.
  3. Commentators described the result as leaving Park a lame duck president, as she may not run again under South Korea's one-term presidency rule. and the Nikkei Asian Review noted that, in the wake of her "crushing defeat", "rivals sense a prime opportunity to complete the power shift in the December 2017 presidential vote".


    Electoral system of South Korea

Electoral System: " Mixed: Parallel (Segmented) (PR Lists and Majoritarian constituencies). … For a party to be awarded seats in the National Assembly through proportional representation, it must achieve at least 3% of the total vote or at least 5 seats in the single-‐member district elections.


Candidates for South Korean Presidential election

Moon Jae-in

Hong Jun-pyo

Ahn Cheol-soo


South Korea Parties and leaders

  1. Democratic Party of Korea
  2. Saenuri Party
  3. People's Party
  4. Justice Party

South Korean Presidential election election results

Candidate

Place

Votes

Percentage

Moon Jae-in

Nominated

936,419

57.0%

Ahn Hee-jung

2nd

353,631

21.5%

Lee Jae-myung

3rd

347,647

21.2%

Choi Sung

4th

4,943

0.3%

 

1,642,677

100%

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