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6.1 local elections are four days away.

Yesterday (27th) and today, the two-day advance voting has now ended.

As of 7 p.m., the turnout was 20.6%, which is already the highest in the history of local elections.

Reporter Hwa Kang-yoon reports.


At a community center in Mapo-gu, Seoul, a line of voters who came to vote in advance continues downstairs.

[Lee Jae-young / Mapo-gu, Seoul: I think I waited about 15 to 20 minutes?

I had to go somewhere on the voting day, so I came out to (vote) in advance.]

[Jeong Nan-suk/Mapo-gu, Seoul: As a citizen, it’s your duty.

And it's right.

(Corona 19) is a bit uneasy, but we voted cautiously.]

As of 7pm, more than 9.12 million people voted, and the advance turnout reached 20.6%.

This is the highest turnout since the introduction of early voting in the 2014 local election.

However, it was lower than the presidential election in March and the general election last year.

By region, Jeonnam had the highest turnout at 31.0%, followed by Gangwon and Jeonbuk.

Daegu was the lowest at 14.8%, while Gwangju and Busan also had less than 20% of voter turnout.

Corona 19 confirmed and quarantined people are voting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. When all these votes are closed, the early voting turnout is expected to rise a little.

The National Election Commission expects that the final turnout will exceed 60% if the main voting is included four days later, as the early turnout has reached an all-time high.

(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Park Chun-bae)