Legislative elections in South Korea

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Legislative elections in South Korea determine the composition of the National Assembly for the next four years.[1]

Any South Korean citizen over the age of 25 is eligible to stand for election. And, under the terms of the Public Official Election Act, the active electoral right, that is, the right to vote is vested in every South Korean citizen who has reached the age of 19. (Although there are certain restrictions, which are mostly the same for both the active and passive electoral rights. The only difference is that to be eligible to stand for election, a person who has been convicted of a crime must have their convictions expunged.)[1]

Procedure[edit]

Since the promulgation of the March 1988 electoral law, the assembly has been elected every four years through a Supplementary Member system, meaning that some of the members are elected from constituencies according to the system of first past the post, while others are elected at a national level through proportional representation.[2] As of 2016, 253 members represent constituencies, while 47 were elected from PR lists. In contrast to elections to the Assembly, presidential elections occur once every five years, and this has led to frequent situations of minority government and legislative deadlock.[3]

Election campaign[edit]

The election campaign period, as set by the Election Law, is short – 14 days. According to the book Internet Election Campaigns in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, the election campaign periods in Korea (23 days for presidential elections and 14 days for National Assembly elections)[4] were made intentionally short in order to "prevent excessive campaign spending for long-running election campaigns and harmful effects from overheated elections", but, on the downside, "this works against new candidates who are not well known".[5]

Summary of past legislative elections[edit]

National Assembly elections[edit]

  1. 1948 South Korean Constitutional Assembly election
  2. 1950 South Korean legislative election
  3. 1954 South Korean legislative election
  4. 1958 South Korean legislative election
  5. 1960 South Korean legislative election
  6. 1963 South Korean legislative election
  7. 1967 South Korean legislative election
  8. 1971 South Korean legislative election
  9. 1973 South Korean legislative election
  10. 1978 South Korean legislative election
  11. 1981 South Korean legislative election
  12. 1985 South Korean legislative election
  13. 1988 South Korean legislative election

Winning party:   Conservative ·   Liberal

19461948195019541958196019631967197119731978198119851988

# Year First party Status Seat composition Popular vote Parties (in order of seats)
14 1992 Democratic Liberal Party Decrease Minority (149/299)





15 1996 New Korea Party Decrease Minority (139/299)





16 2000 Grand National Party Increase Minority (133/273)



17 2004 Uri Party Increase Majority (152/299)



18 2008 Grand National Party Increase Majority (153/299)



19 2012 Saenuri Party Decrease Majority (152/300)





20 2016 Minjoo Party of Korea Increase Minority (123/300)





Next legislative election[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Процедура выборов в парламент Южной Кореи". RIA Novosti. 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  2. ^ Aurel S. Croissant, "Electoral Politics of South Korea", in Croissant et al. (2002) Electoral Politics in Southeast and East Asia. Friedrich Ebert Foundation, p. 257.
  3. ^ Croissant, p. 257.
  4. ^ Shoko Kiyohara; Kazuhiro Maeshima; Diana Owen (17 October 2017). Internet Election Campaigns in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Springer International Publishing. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-3-319-63682-5.
  5. ^ Shoko Kiyohara; Kazuhiro Maeshima; Diana Owen (17 October 2017). Internet Election Campaigns in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Springer International Publishing. pp. 159–. ISBN 978-3-319-63682-5.