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(2nd LD) Exit poll strongly indicates Moon Jae-in's victory in presidential election

2017/05/09 20:42

(ATTN: UPDATES with additional information in paras 9-13; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- An exit poll of voters indicated a clear win for Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party in South Korea's presidential election Tuesday.

Moon was estimated to have garnered 41.4 percent of all votes, according to the exit poll conducted by three major local broadcasters -- MBC, KBS and SBS.

The front-runner was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party with 23.3 percent.

The outcome of the exit poll was announced as the one-day voting came to end at 8 p.m.

Moon Jae-in (L), the presidential candidate of the liberal Democratic Party, smiles to reporters while leaving his home in Seoul for the National Assembly where he was expected to be joined by party members and supporters for the outcome of the presidential election held May 9, 2017. An exit poll showed the liberal presidential candidate won the election with 41.4 percent of the votes. (Yonhap) Moon Jae-in (L), the presidential candidate of the liberal Democratic Party, smiles to reporters while leaving his home in Seoul for the National Assembly where he was expected to be joined by party members and supporters for the outcome of the presidential election held May 9, 2017. An exit poll showed the liberal presidential candidate won the election with 41.4 percent of the votes. (Yonhap)

Moon's victory has been widely anticipated as the rare presidential by-election caused by the March 10 ouster of former conservative President Park Geun-hye had been viewed to be tilted in favor of liberal candidates.

The former conservative president was removed from office by a Constitutional Court ruling that upheld the parliamentary impeachment of her over a series of corruption allegations that have also led to her arrest and indictment.

Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party was expected to finish third, with the exit poll showing him winning 21.8 percent of all votes cast in the election.

Yoo Seong-min of the splinter conservative Bareun Party came in a distant fourth with 7.1 percent, followed by Sim Sang-jeung of the progressive Justice Party with 5.9 percent.

Official counting of the votes cast in the election may take up to 10 hours, but the National Election Commission has said the winner could emerge as early as around midnight.

The election watchdog said 77.2 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's election.

It marked the highest voter turnout in a presidential election over the past two decades. The last presidential election held in 2012 posted a turnout rate of 75.8 percent, following a 63 percent turnout five years earlier.

The high turnout rate in Tuesday's election may indicate a high public interest in a possible regime change following the massive corruption scandal involving the former president.

Also, a record number of more than 11 million or over 26 percent of the total 42.4 million eligible voters cast their ballots over a two-day early voting period held last week.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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