Exit poll: Opposition’s Oh Se-hoon expected to win back Seoul mayoral seat

08-Apr-2021 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Oh Se-hoon of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) is expected to win the Seoul mayoral seat by a solid margin in Wednesday’s by-elections, seen as a major bellwether for next year’s presidential election, an exit poll showed.

Oh defeated his rival from the ruling Democratic Party (DP) Park Young-sun 59 percent to 37.7 percent in the exit poll, jointly released by three broadcasters: KBS, MBC and SBS.

The Seoul mayoral by-election was called after the previous mayor, Park Won-soon affiliated with the DP, apparently took his own life in July last year in the face of sexual harassment allegations raised by a female subordinate.

The Busan mayoralty, as well as 19 other regional public posts, are also up for grabs in the by-elections.

Coming around a year ahead of the upcoming presidential election in March 2022, the results of the elections are expected to set the tone for the quinquennial presidential poll, as well as the final year of President Moon Jae-in’s presidency.

Oh, if elected, will return to the mayoral seat of Seoul, home to nearly 10 million of the country’s total 52 million population. He left the post at the midpoint of his second term in 2011, in protest against the opposition-dominated city council’s introduction of a free school lunch programme for all students.

Recent opinion polls also predicted the opposition candidate’s lead as the elections came amid a public outcry over spiking housing prices under the Moon administration.

A land speculation scandal involving public officials at LH, the state housing developer, which erupted a month ahead of the elections, has also pummeled public opinion against the ruling bloc.



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