South Korea's President General Chun Doo Hwan is virtually assured of election to another seven years in office.
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South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan and wife shaking hands with official, collect voting slips and enter polling booths
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Background: South Korea's President General Chun Doo Hwan is virtually assured of election to another seven years in office. General Chun's Democratic Justice Party took more than two thirds of the votes when 20 million South Koreans turned out on Wednesday (11 February) to elect members to the country's Electoral College. It was the first stage in a complex electoral procedure which culminates in the general Parliamentary elections on March 25.
SYNOPSIS: The general election was announced at the end of January when President Chun ended South Korea's 15 month old state of martial law.
More than 80 percent of the South Korean electorate registered their votes for the 5-thousand-278 members of the Electoral College whose job it is to nominate the Head of State.
The ruling Democratic Justice Party easily won a majority in Wednesday's vote, so General Chun is guaranteed nomination when the Electoral College hands down its decision on February 25. President and Mrs. Chun were among the first to register their votes at the central polling station in Seoul. While the President has won overwhelming support from the voters, his party has been embarrassed by a crackdown on illegal campaign practices. In all, eight candidates were arrested during the campaign on suspicion of bribery and six of them were from the Government Party. If convicted, the candidates face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
Seventeen political parties contested the Electoral College poll but only four have put up Presidential candidates. The remaining 13 have left the presidential race to General Chun and are concentrating on winning votes in the March election for the 276 seats in the new South Korean Parliament.
To most South Koreans, President Chun's re-election was a foregone conclusion. The 55 year old former Army strong man said during the campaign that he now considered himself a politician and accepted the challenge of leadership.