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S.Korea begins candidate registration for presidential election

IANS  |  Seoul 

South Korean authorities on Saturday began the official registration of candidates contesting the upcoming presidential

After the two-day registration, the official campaign period for the May 9 will begin on Monday, according to the National Commission (NEC).

A total of 26 potential candidates had registered with the NEC after preliminary registrations began on March 10, when former President Park Geun-hye was forced out of office by a Constitutional Court ruling, prompting the rare presidential by-election, Yonhap News Agency reported.

As of Friday, 21 remained on the list after the rest withdrew their preliminary, mostly self-imposed candidacies, the NEC said.

Currently, only two presidential hopefuls are seen able to garner support: Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea and Ahn Cheol-soo of the centre-left People's Party.

Both enjoyed an approval rating of over 30 per cent each in polls on the upcoming

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 08:58 IST
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