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Overseas voters to cast ballots for presidential election this week

2017/04/24 17:07

SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) -- Overseas voters will cast their ballots for the May 9 presidential election this week, the national election watchdog said Monday.

Voting will begin in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday and run through Sunday at 204 polling stations in 116 countries, the National Election Commission said.

It will be the fourth time South Korea has held overseas votes following the parliamentary elections in 2012 and 2016 and the presidential poll in 2012.

In 2012, 148,225 out of 222,389 registered overseas voters cast their ballots in the presidential election to record a turnout of 71.1 percent.

This year, 294,633 voters have registered for the election, the commission said.

Voting will take place at 175 overseas missions, 25 other venues and four military units where South Korean troops have been dispatched, including one in the United Arab Emirates.

The stations will operate on different days during the voting period as designated by the watchdog.

South Korean nationals cast their ballots at the Korean Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, as overseas voting for the presidential election begins on April 25, 2017. (Yonhap)South Korean nationals cast their ballots at the Korean Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, as overseas voting for the presidential election begins on April 25, 2017. (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr

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