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Election Officials Count Votes in Masks, Gloves, Even Face Shields

Election Officials Count Votes in Masks, Gloves, Even Face Shields

SEOUL, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Election officials here focused Wednesday on counting ballots for the general elections, taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks, gloves and even face shields. Vote counting immediately got under way after self-isolating voters cast their in-person ballots nationwide for a while after the regular voting [...]

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Back in North Korea, Ji Seong-ho saw elections as nothing more than a formality, because even a vote against the ruling Workers’ Party-picked candidates, let alone criticism of the government, could land voters in prison. Running for office was an unthinkable privilege reserved for elites and well-connected people. That’s [...]

Ministry to Widen Democratic Citizen Education Following Voting Age Lowering

Ministry to Widen Democratic Citizen Education Following Voting Age Lowering

SEJONG, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Educational authorities will make sure high school students can receive education about how to exercise their rights as democratic citizens after the country’s minimum voting age was lowered to 18 last month, Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae has said. “The voting age reduction is meaningful, and we will provide democratic [...]

Teenagers Demand Right to Vote in 2020 General Elections

Teenagers Demand Right to Vote in 2020 General Elections

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of South Korean teenagers directly called on the National Assembly to pass fast-track bills on electoral reform so that they can participate in next year’s general elections. The Candlelight Coalition for the Enactment of Human Rights Law for Youth, comprised of 370 civil groups, held a rally [...]

Turkish Newspapers Disparage Korean Model of Development Ahead of Elections

Turkish Newspapers Disparage Korean Model of Development Ahead of Elections

SEOUL, Jun. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — As a season of elections, both parliamentary and presidential, dawn upon Turkey, a series of disparaging and distorted press reports on South Korea have been published. On May 31, Turkish daily Yeni Şafak published a column that criticized the current discourse calling for a “Korean model” of economic development, [...]