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A day after her election victory over opposition candidate Moon Jae-in, South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye addressed the public at New Frontier Party headquarters in Yeouido. Looking to move beyond the bitterness of the hard-fought campaign, Park struck a conciliatory tone by vowing to foster national reconciliation.

The Chosun Ilbo reports that the support of older voters played a pivotal role in Park’s win. One factor that sparked a high turnout among senior citizens: their anger over United Progressive Party candidate Lee Jung-hee’s appearance during the first candidates’ debate, when she launched provocative attacks against the ruling party candidate and her father, the late former president Park Chung-hee. “Older voters seemed to feel they were being treated as relics of the authoritarian era in the way Moon and Lee criticized Park Chung-hee, even though they worked hard for the country’s industrialization and may have opposed Park’s rule,” Seoul National University professor Han Kyu-seok told the Chosun.

The Hankyoreh observed that the demographic make-up of the electorate is shifting as the population ages. Eligible voters in their 20s and 30s accounted for 38.3% of all voters, down 10 percentage points from a decade ago, while voters ages 50 and older made up 40% of the electorate, up more than 10 percentage points from 2002.

to the person who sent me an ask about what i thought the main reasons are for koreans voting for park geun hye. this pretty much sums up my answer. literally one person i know (outside of my four crazy conservative radio boss/co-workers) voted for her. everyone else i know voted for moon jae-in.

while there are some who break the age demographics, basically the majority of voters in their 20-30-40’s voted for moon and those in their 50-60’s voted for park. since korea is an aging society, there are more voters in the 50-60’s bracket and they are also more likely to turn up to the polls.

I also believe there were some “questions” about who wouldn’t have had a chance to vote yesterday, and I think it’s important to emphasize who doesn’t have an opportunity to vote, actually, such as people who work in retail or service and all of those little shops and restaurants that can’t afford to close their doors for a day, especially a day when people are off work and out looking to spend their money.

exactly. which is why moon and ahn both fought to get voting hours extended to 8pm - which was quickly shut down by park and the saenuri party who currently hold a majority in the national assembly. oh you don’t want as many people to be able to vote as possible? hmmmm what could that possibly meeeeean????

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    exactly. which is why moon and ahn both fought to get voting hours extended to 8pm - which was quickly shut down by park...
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