The public statement of the chairperson for overseas koreans
kim nung-hwan(chairperson of the national election commission)
I am kim nunghwan, the chairperson of the national election commission.
We are now five months away from the 18th presidential election of korea.
The election will take place on December 19. However, overseas koreans have a chance to vote before that date.
Starting from July 22, there well be a three-month period during which overseas koreans will be able to apply as an overseas absentee voter
and to submit application for overseas voters registration.
From November 27, official campaigning by candidates and their representatives will begin, and voting will take place from December 5 to December 10 at overseas polling station.
Overseas koreans have had a chance to partake in voting during the recent 19th national assembly election in the april of this year.
Even so, presidential election hold a different significance from that of parliamentary election.
During the recent parliamentary election, overseas koreans were unable to vote for district representative of the national assembly except for those who registered for absentee status ahead of time,
and were only able to vote for proportional representative of the national assembly.
As such, they voted for the party of choice instead of individual candidates.
However, during the upcoming presidential election, all overseas koreans will be able to vote for their candidates of choice.
This means that overseas koreans will have a direct say in the presidential election. As such, every single vote is important.
Esteemed overseas koreans!
The national election commission fully realizes that voting from abroad is not easy.
Overseas polling station can be far, and you may have to register in person at consulates and missions.
so it may take a significant amount of effort on your part.
The national election commission is looking into different ways to make voting easier,
but it will take a considerable amount of time with sufficient discussion to make the goal come true.
Even so, we sincerely hope that you take the time to participate in the presidential election and submit a vote.
Voting in an election is not only an inalienable right but also a duty as a korean.
Moreover, whoever is selected as a president will determine the direction korea will take for the next five years,
which will affect your lives directly or indirectly.
Having said that, it would not be right to simply look on without voting.
I sincerely hope that as a citizen of korea, all of you will participate in voting for the upcoming presidential election.
With your voting, you can contribute to the development of a democratic government in korea.
I wish you good luck and good health in your endeavors. Thank you.