South Korea to hold parliamentary elections on April 15

SEOUL: It will hold parliamentary elections on April 15 at 14,330 polling stations across the country amid the pandemic, the electoral regulator said Monday.

To promote voter accessibility, 99.1 percent of polling stations will be installed on the first floor of designated facilities or in those with elevators, the New Yonhap Agency (NEC) said.

To prioritize voter safety due to the continuing pandemic, the NEC previously said that voters will be monitored for temperature at the entrance and must maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from others while waiting to vote. Polling places and voting coupons will be disinfected.

The watchdog has advised people to wear face masks to cast their vote.

It also plans to set up makeshift voting booths to allow people with COVID-19 symptoms to vote.

The NEC said it sent informational brochures related to elections about political parties and candidates to households. It has also sent ballots to nearly 10,530 people who have applied to vote at their residences.

COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at designated hospitals or facilities and individuals in a two-week isolation period at home will be able to vote by mail if requested between March 24-28.

The watchdog, meanwhile, said the on-board vote will take place on 394 ships that will involve 2,821 crew between Tuesday and Friday.

The voting date will be decided by the captains during the period.