Anchor: South Korea’s 20th general elections have come to a close, with exit poll results showing that the ruling party has failed to garner a majority of the parliament, for the first time in 16 years. The minor opposition People’s Party appears to have emerged as a powerful alternative party as it was anticipated to have won up to over 40 seats.
Our Kim Bum-soo reports.
Report: Exit poll results show that the ruling Saenuri Party has won around 121 to 143 seats at the general elections, failing to garner a majority of the 300-member parliament.
Key South Korean broadcasters, including KBS, MBC and SBS, and the Korean Broadcasters Association released the results of their poll at 6 p.m. Wednesday as voting for the general elections wrapped up.
In the analysis of the result by KBS, the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea is predicted to have won around 101 to 123 seats.
The minor opposition People’s Party is forecast to have gained around 34 to 41 seats. Cochairman Ahn Cheol-soo is predicted to have won his district of Nowon in Seoul as well, garnering over 50 percent of voter support.
In the highly contested Jongno district in Seoul, former main opposition party chief Rep. Chung Sye-kyun is predicted to have secured about 51 percent of votes against former Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon of the Saenuri Party, who received about 42-point-4 percent of voter support.
In the traditional ruling party stronghold of Daegu’s Suseong district, main opposition party candidate Kim Boo-kyum gained about 62 percent of the votes, while former Gyeonggi Provincial Governor Kim Moon-soo got only about 38 percent.
The Justice Party, meanwhile, was forecast to have secured about five to six seats.
Commissioned by the broadcasters and the association, pollsters TNS Korea, Korea Research Center and Research & Research conducted the survey at all 253 electoral districts on a total of around 850-thousand voters immediately after they cast their ballots.
The survey has a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus two-point-two to six-point-nine percentage points.
KBS, MBC and SBS came up with different predictions on the same survey results as they used different analysis methods.
MBC predicted that the ruling party to have gained between 118 and 136 seats against the Minjoo Party securing around 107 to 128 seats. SBS forecast the ruling party to have won somewhere between 123 to 147 seats while the Minjoo Party securing between 97 and 120 seats.
For the 2012 general elections, KBS’ exit poll analysis demonstrated a 93 percent accuracy, correctly predicting winners from 229 out of 246 districts.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.