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Dirty tricks win

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By Kim Rahn

The general election is less than two weeks away. But many voters have not yet decided on their preferred candidates or parties ― in fact, many are still confused as to which candidate belongs to which party, and even what kind of political views the parties hold.

Such confusion has mainly come from the new electoral system that was introduced following the passage of the relevant revision bill last December following an agreement among the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and four minor parties.

The new system is aimed at giving minor parties, which usually do not take a large number of seats in constituencies, a better chance to win proportional representation seats. The move was made in an effort to diversify the National Assembly which has been dominated by the two main parties, which take ruling and opposition positions in turn.

At the time of passage, the-then main opposition Liberty Korea Party ― now a part of the current main opposition United Future Party (UFP) ― opposed it, apparently because the change would reduce its chance of winning as many proportional representation seats as before. The ruling DPK was also in the same situation, but it pushed........

© The Korea Times