How exit poll works in South Korean president election

The ballot was called to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear- armed North.

South Koreans voted Tuesday in a presidential election a conservative candidate declared a "war of regime choices" in stark contrast to the liberal front-runner looking to overturn a decade of right-leaning rule.

Polls are set to close at 8 p.m. (1100 GMT) - two hours later than in 2012.

"If the outcome of the exit poll is true, I will be happy to have rebuilt the party that had collapsed", Hong said.

"I will make a just, united country", he said.

"We will accomplish the two tasks given to us, reform and national unity that the people of this country desire".

The National Election Commission is expected to formally announce the victor of the snap election at around 10 am on Wednesday, after which he will be immediately sworn in as president to serve a full five-term, without any transition period.

A Gallup Korea poll last week showed Moon had 38 percent support in a field of 13 candidates, with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger on 20 percent.

Quite how far Moon can take Korea to the left will be a matter for debate for some time to come, but what is already clear is this: a time of great change lies ahead.

A plurality of votes is enough for victory. "I voted for Hong, as security (against North Korea) is the most important thing", he told AFP.

Hong said in a televised address that he will accept the election result and be satisfied with restoring his party.


The new South Korean president will still serve out a full, single five-year term. He has said he would skip a lavish inauguration ceremony and start work straight away. He is likely to quickly name a prime minister, who will need parliamentary approval, and the main cabinet positions, including national security and finance ministers, which do not need parliamentary confirmation.

Moon has promoted engagement with the north.

Unless there is a major upset, liberal Moon Jae-in - who calls for a moderate approach on North Korea, wants to reform powerful family-run conglomerates and boost fiscal spending to create jobs - will be elected president.

This won't help Moon with conservatives, many of whom look with shock at his proposals for a softer approach, including possible aid, possible direct talks with dictator Kim Jong Un, and the possible return of massive inter-Korean projects.

He advocates a two-track policy of seeking dialogue with North Korea while maintaining pressure and sanctions to encourage change. His victory was bolstered by strong support from younger people, according to the exit polls. Many of his supporters participated in big, peaceful weekend rallies over the last few months of 2016 and early this year, demanding Park step down. Moon secured 10,659,059, or 40.0 percent out of the 32,808,577 votes as of 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday with 81.5 percent of the votes counted.

The Moon government is expected to transform policy toward North Korea. Guess we know who South Korea thinks will sit on the Iron Throne when GoT is all said and done. But Washington is anxious his moderate stance could undercut efforts to increase pressure and sanctions, senior South Korean officials said.

A Moon victory would be expected to improve market sentiment at a time when exports are supporting an economic recovery in Asia's fourth largest economy.

Nilsson-Wright said a Moon administration would likely be sensitive to the importance of being seen to be consulted over such matters.

The election was closely watched by allies and neighbors at a time of high tension over North Korea's accelerating development of weapons since it conducted its fourth nuclear test in January a year ago. It conducted a fifth test in September and is believed to be preparing for another.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to stop North Korea developing a nuclear missile that can hit the United States.


Popular
  • Hertz tanks 15% after missing big on earnings

    Hertz tanks 15% after missing big on earnings

    The stock of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ ) has "Neutral" rating given on Tuesday, March 22 by Sterne Agee CRT. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its position in shares of Hertz Global Holdings by 15.7% in the fourth quarter.
    Syrian official threatens to respond to alleged Israeli strike

    Syrian official threatens to respond to alleged Israeli strike

    According to Assad, there is evidence published in the internet which shows Israel's role in supporting terrorist groups in Syria. The Israeli Air Force also bombed a nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007, fearing it had a military objective .

    At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider

    If you try to illegally enter the United States, you will be caught , detained, deported or put in prison at - it will happen. He then suggested that he might attend the dinner next year - but added that he might consider returning to Pennsylvania.
  • Tyson Fury: It would be so easy to beat Anthony Joshua

    Tyson Fury: It would be so easy to beat Anthony Joshua

    As part of his Instagram story, Joshua also showed off his wide selection of caps as well as him working in the gym. I was talking to him and I told him, "If you let me get through this round, I'm going fuck you up".
    Ballistic Missile Test-Fired From California Coastal Base

    Ballistic Missile Test-Fired From California Coastal Base

    After Wednesday's test, USA media again speculated that the missile testing was probably connected to tensions with North Korea. Air Force Global Strike Command said data collected from test launches are used for "continuing force development evaluation".

    Trump adviser to leave the White House

    At least 18 Democratic representatives signed a letter calling on President Trump to dismiss the top security adviser. He also spoke on television about counterterrorism as well, the source said. "Based on recent revelations about Mr.
  • Watchdog says ASEAN must stand vs. killings in Philippines

    Watchdog says ASEAN must stand vs. killings in Philippines

    Pag-asa is internationally known as Thitu island and is called Zhongye island by China. Summit began Wednesday in capital of Manila amid tight security.
    Crosby skates with team at Friday Penguins practice

    Crosby skates with team at Friday Penguins practice

    Crosby missed 108 combined games between 2011-12 with injuries, and to expect him to come back for Game 5 may be optimistic. While Crosby appreciates the concern about his condition given his concussion history, he stressed he's not rushing back.
    Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    The changes will go into effect as soon as Branstad signs the bill , which is scheduled to happen Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. According to the petition, the new law is one of the strictest requirements in the nation on women seeking an abortion.
  • Andy Cohen's warning for Ryan Seacrest: Don't underestimate Kelly Ripa

    Seacrest of course was announced as co-host of ABC's syndicated show Live With Kelly and Ryan, as it's now called, last week. ABC is reportedly eyeing a March premiere for the show.
    National Day of Prayer event planned Thursday in Fort Wayne

    National Day of Prayer event planned Thursday in Fort Wayne

    There were also individuals coming to pray for churches, families, government, business, media, military, education and Israel. The event is held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer , a series of gatherings held under a central theme.
    Ubisoft Teases Far Cry Announcement?

    Ubisoft Teases Far Cry Announcement?

    Ubisoft also invites players to follow the Instagram profile of the company, using artwork taken right from Far Cry 3. Update: Ubisoft has told Game Informer that this was simply a "throwback post", and that it wasn't meant as a tease.

CONNECT